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Bentley R and Bentley Continental (1952 - 1955)


Bentley R, 1954, Standard Steel Sports Saloon and Bentley R, 1953

This series was in our view that last Rolls Bentley that had anything special about it. After this time, there was nothing to choose between the Rolls badge and the Bentley. Production of the Bentley R Type commenced in 1952. The R type Bentley is distinguished only by the speed at which the steel body rusted. The Continental model on the other hand was one of the great designs of the time. The factory saloon coachwork was indistinguishable from that of the Bentley Mark VI up to the rear doors, the back however covered under a one-piece boot lid a more spacious luggage compartment. By special order the R-Type was delivered as rolling-chassis to become subject of custom coachwork. Built and designed for Continental use was the Bentley R Continental with a tuned 4,566 cc engine (later increased to 4,887 cc) with low-loss exhaust system and higher geared gearbox and rear axle ratios. The majority of R Type Continentals were clothed with light aerodynamically styled two door fastback saloons by H.J. Mulliner; only very few received bespoke coachwork from Graber in Switzerland, Franay in France and one body was created by Pininfarina in Italy.

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Bentley R (303 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies)


Bentley R Continental


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Bentley R Continental

Wheelbase 3048 mm 120 in  
Track front 1486 mm 58.5 in  
rear 1486 mm 58.5 in  
Length 5245 mm 206.5 in  
Width 1816 mm 71.5 in  
Kerb weight 1651 kg 3640 lb  
Type S-6
12 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Bore stroke 92.00mm 114.30mm
3.62 in 4.5 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 0.8
Displacement 4566 cc
(278.634 cu in)
Unitary capacity 761 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio 7.25:1
Fuel system 2 SU carbs
Aspiration Normal
Coolant Water
0-50mph (80 km/h) 9.30s
0-Quarter-mile 18.50s 
Top speed 188 km/h
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Drive RWD