The Geneva Auto Show of 1991 marked a crucial turning point in Bentley’s history. It was at this show where they reintroduced the world to the Continental marque. In the recent years preceding Bentley was, more or less, considered a derivative of Rolls Royce and the brand was losing its identity. Not much attention was paid to the brand until the idea came to turbocharge the Mulsanne. This gave way to the idea of creating a coupe version and thus, the Continental R was born. The name was a nod to two formidable Bentleys of the past (the post-war Continental and the 50’s R Type) and the car set Bentley on a path that not only saved the company of who’s shadow they stood under but laid the groundwork for the famous buyout and subsequent division of Rolls Royce and Bentley.
The pursuit of superiority continued and in 1996 Bentley launched the Continental T. This was a shorter wheelbase version of the R that offered an increase in power, torque and handling response. While production on the T was incredibly low (just 350 examples were ever made) a common issue from customers was that there was just simply not enough legroom in the back due to the shortening of the wheelbase. Bentley sought to resolve that issue with the car you see before you. We here at John Scotti Classics are very proud to present to you the 2002 Bentley Continental R Mulliner. From 1999-2003 Bentley equipped the long wheelbase of the R with the engine from the T and really hit a sweet spot in Continental production. Only 131 R Mulliners were ever produced making this one of the most exemplary modern Bentleys on the market today.
With a heritage that defines the winged B it wears, locomotive like performance and a presentation that is as dominant as it is elegant, the Bentley Continental R carved out a place for itself in the automotive history books as no-nonsense luxury transporter that, as the name suggests, really gives you the feeling like you could drive from one continent to the next. The Continental R Mulliner takes that feeling one step further by providing all of the best aspects from Bentley at the time and combining them into the perfect package. What more could you ask for?