The handsome 1952 Continental R's fastback styling stopped show-goers in their tracks at the London Motor Show that same year. Such was the cost at the time, however, being many times the average annual wage, it was out of reach to all but the super rich, and in three years of production just 207 were made. The Continental shared its underpinnings with the MkVI Bentley saloon. Independent wishbones suspension at the front and leaf springs out back made a ride that was leisurely, though the car could turn on the pace when required and was remarkably quiet with it, even over the 100mph (160km/h) mark. A 280ci (4.6-liter) straight-six with intake valves mounted overhead and exhaust valves to the side was described by Bentley as 'adequate' and that it was, within a swift but silent grace. Inside was typically gentleman's club, awash with hide and walnut, and extreme luxury.
Bentley Continental R Specifications
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