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RE: Bentley Continental SC: Spotted

RE: Bentley Continental SC: Spotted

Saturday 27th January

Bentley Continental SC: Spotted

A neo-classic Bentley that combines boundless grace with bruising power, and still costs less than a new one. Just don't call it a targa...



What tempting old things the SZ-platform Bentley Continentals are looking these days, eh? Granted, there's little danger of us finding one in Shed Of The Week any time soon - but less than £40,000 gets you one of the classiest coupes out there, with brutish performance thanks to the Turbo R-derived drivetrain.

We were all set to bring you a tasty example of the Continental R to show you just what we mean - but then our heads were turned by something altogether more special: a bona fide Continental SC, one of just 72 produced, and with one of the lowest mileages we've seen on one of these at just 16,000 on the clock.


Don't think for a moment, by the way, that the 'SC' here stands for Sport Coupe, in the Seat vein. Nothing so gauche. Instead, it's short for 'Sedanca Coupe', Sedanca being an old coachbuilding term referring to a body style which featured an open roof at the front but an enclosed rear. Well, 'Targa' wouldn't really have cut it on a Bentley, would it?

Under the skin, the SC was based on the Continental T - the shorter-wheelbase, supposedly more performance-orientated version of the R. However, most of the body panels were subtly restyled, while the front end gained a smattering of more aggressive vents complete with, naturally, diamond mesh everywhere. Power came from the venerable Bentley 6.75-litre V8 turbo, here with a 406hp power output (and a thumping 616lb ft to boot) which set the SC mid-way between the 390hp Continental R and the 426hp T. All of which was enough to land this behemoth with a satisfyingly brisk 0-60mph time of just 6.1 seconds, and an electronically governed top whack of 155mph.


But of course, what really made the SC stand out was the roof - essentially one of the lift-out glass panel arrangements that became rather popular in the 1990s and then all but disappeared soon afterwards. Of course, it was rather unbecoming to involve oneself in the manual labour of its removal, but then again, were you able to afford this Conti when it was new, the chances were you could also employ someone to follow behind in a lesser vehicle and lift it out on demand; it'd have set you back a cool £245,000.

Which makes the £109,995 this one will cost you now look like a bit of a steal. Well, OK, less of a steal and more of a half-hearted attempt at shoplifting. It's still quite a hefty chunk more than the cheapest Conti Rs will set you back - but then again, they haven't done the mileage equivalent of a few trips to France and back, and neither are they quite so exclusive. And while it's true that you can have a brand new Conti for not a huge amount more... well, we know which we'd rather own.


SPECIFICATION - BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SC

Engine: 6,752cc, turbocharged V8
Transmission: four-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 405@4,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 616@2,150rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1999
Recorded mileage: 16,000 miles
Price new: £245,000
Price now: £109,995

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parkwaysc

Original Poster:

13 posts

33 months

Saturday 27th January
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Fabulous Looking thing....

Phil Dicky

5,094 posts

189 months

Saturday 27th January
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My old man has a 2003 Azure, which in his failing health I drive when it needs its monthly run out... He paid a bit more than this Conti is up for 8 years ago.....and I would suggest its not far off that value now. The only issue being is they aren't easy to sell, as most head for newer Bentleys with 100k in their pockets.

2 GKC

340 posts

31 months

Saturday 27th January
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Bentley's finest hour.

irocfan

14,739 posts

116 months

Saturday 27th January
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Lovely, just lovely

hhhpsmlh8

10 posts

41 months

Saturday 27th January
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Now Thats what you call a Beautiful car.. Compared to the modern Bentleys.. Its a no Brainer.
Like comparing Sophia Loren to a Spice Girl... Its called Class.
If I had the money Id have it.. Now Im off to see the Bank Manager with Hope in my Heart
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Quhet

1,682 posts

72 months

Saturday 27th January
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You couldn't play anything but dramatic classical music whilst driving this. Beautiful but brutal looking thing. A proper Bentley

Agent XXX

918 posts

32 months

Saturday 27th January
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Awesome thing!

Before Bentley became Fugly

ducnick

822 posts

169 months

Saturday 27th January
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Always thought the SC looked a bit odd. To my eyes the Azure is the one for sunny motoring and the R for the uk. My favourite modern Bentley of all is the short wheelbase wide arch Continental T. Those things are epic, and cheaper than the Sc too looking at the ads.

Tim16V

343 posts

108 months

Saturday 27th January
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Looks great.

A good balance between elegance and attitude unlike the more recent offerings.

GranCab

1,055 posts

72 months

Saturday 27th January
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Wrong hand of drive ... wrong "dealer" ....

CoolHands

7,881 posts

121 months

Saturday 27th January
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Looks hideous, and a hundred grand. It’ll never sell.

wildatheart

135 posts

105 months

Saturday 27th January
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GranCab said:
Wrong hand of drive ... wrong "dealer" ....
I see what you mean - their stock page is blank..! I'd run just for that alone

https://www.prindiville.co.uk/vehicle-brokerage/ca...

wildatheart

135 posts

105 months

Saturday 27th January
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wildatheart said:
I see what you mean - their stock page is blank..! I'd run just for that alone

https://www.prindiville.co.uk/vehicle-brokerage/ca...
oh now it works again - take my money

Max M4X WW

3,911 posts

108 months

Saturday 27th January
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wildatheart said:
wildatheart said:
I see what you mean - their stock page is blank..! I'd run just for that alone

https://www.prindiville.co.uk/vehicle-brokerage/ca...
oh now it works again - take my money
Awful photos. Has it been for sale since 2007?

Bill

36,756 posts

181 months

Saturday 27th January
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That's awful! It looks like something Mitsuoka would make.

Yipper

5,585 posts

16 months

Saturday 27th January
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It's got a whiff of Simon Cowell and Jimmy Savile about it. But still a cool car. Big gaudy peasant-crusher.

TR4man

2,485 posts

100 months

Saturday 27th January
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The roof looks a little ungainly to me. A bit too flash and that interior is gash.

I can remember the late, great Alan Clark's writing about his Continental R - if ever I could afford a Bentley, that would be my choice.

MajorMantra

611 posts

38 months

Saturday 27th January
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Given some of the amazing barges available for a tiny fraction of this, and how oddly proportioned it is, and how it's not old enough to have classic appeal, I'm really not seeing why anyone would spend £110k on this. It just doesn't compute.

GranCab

1,055 posts

72 months

Saturday 27th January
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No one in their right mind would pay that for it ... typical "chancer" pricing from a "we sell any cars on your behalf" pseudodealership.

gt69

41 posts

101 months

Saturday 27th January
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They look a high quality outfit, who are also offering "the finest Silver Shadow on the market"
https://www.prindiville.co.uk/supercars-for-sale/c...