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.
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.
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
First registered: 1999
Recorded mileage: 16,000 miles
Price new: £245,000
Price now: £109,995
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