Only 208 R Type Continentals were built, but this Bentley had an impact far beyond its limited numbers. The brainchild of chief project engineer Ivan Evernden and chief stylist John Blatchley, it set a standard for Bentley grand touring that continues to inspire the company to this day. Hailed at the time by Autocar magazine as ‘a modern magic carpet which annihilates great distances’ the R Type Continental was the fastest luxury saloon car of its time and epitomised the finest in automobile styling. The Bentley Heritage Collection’s R Type Continental is JAS 949, chassis BC 16 C, originally built for a Swiss owner in 1953.
A MODERN MAGIC CARPET