1989(G) Bentley Continental Convertible
Bentley Continental Convertible 1989, 6.7-litre V8.
Bentley Continental Convertible 1989 a key factor in Rolls Royce’s marketing strategy for the 1980s was the re-launch of Bentley. To rekindle interest in the marque, a glorious name from its past was resurrected – ‘Continental’ – and applied to the two-door model previously known, like its Rolls-Royce equivalent, as the Corniche. An inspired move, the Bentley’s 1984 name change had the desired effect; sales, which in the 13 years since the Corniche’s launch had amounted to just 77 Bentley-badged cars, totalling 421 for the succeeding 11 years of Continental production. Introduced in March 1971, the Corniche was a revised version of the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied two-door variants of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series saloons, themselves notable as the Crewe factory’s first unitary-construction cars.
In Corniche form Rolls-Royce’s well-tried 6.7-litre V8 produced around ten per cent more power than standard and proved capable of propelling the car to a top speed in excess of 120mph with sports car-beating acceleration to match.
The model proved a major success for Rolls-Royce, and although its exterior style remained recognisably Silver Shadow, the Corniche/Continental benefited from the regular up-dates and improvements made to the contemporary Silver Spirit range, remaining in production well into the 1990s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995. This very fine original example finished in dark blue metallic and magnolia leather trim with a dark blue mohair hood covering need nothing. Full documented service history with all keys, books, tools and kept in the finest order by the owner for the last ten years of ownership.