A nameplate reserved for Bentley’s most sporting grand tourers, the Continental has existed in various forms since before World War II. Its current iteration is the result of VW group’s acquisition of Bentley, and began as a completely clean sheet design centered around the spectacular twin-turbocharged W12 powerplant, although a V8 version was eventually introduced as well. Continuously developed over its long production run, the Speed variant of the 12 cylinder Continental added 50hp (for a total of 626hp) and a host of performance-oriented aesthetic and chassis upgrades. Like lesser variants of the Continental GT, it was available in both closed and open forms, the latter of which is doubtless a thrilling open-air experience at its top speed of 202mph.
This particular example has had two total owners and has covered fewer than 3,000 miles from new. It has nearly $30,000 in optional equipment, bringing the car’s original MSRP to $283,850. Options include pearlescent paint, Naim audio system, contrasting stitching, carbon fiber dashboard fascia trim, veneer door and rear quarter inserts, ventilated seats with massage, dual tone steering wheel, deep pile over mats, contrasting carpet binding, and contrasting stitching on the steering wheel. Today, it is in excellent condition and is complete with books, wind deflector, battery charger.