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Bentley has used the Continental name on several generations of luxury automobiles since 1952.
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Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental
2013 Bentley Continental GT (II)
Overview
Manufacturer Bentley Motors
Production 1952–1965
1984–present
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Layout FR layout

Bentley has used the Continental name on several generations of luxury automobiles since 1952.

From 1952 to 1965

Following World War II, Bentley moved to resume production of civilian automobiles, and its factory was relocated from Derby to Crewe. There, Bentley engineers produced so-called R-Type Continentals for three years, from 1952 to 1955.[2] These were derivatives of the original R-Type, the second series in Bentley's postwar luxury lineup.[citation needed]

The R-Type Continental's chassis was independently produced and sold to custom coach-builders. One of the world's most expensive automobiles,[3] only about 208 R-Type Continentals were built in total.

Following the R-Type Continental, the Continental S1, S2 and S3 were released consecutively beginning in 1955. The S1 was well received, 49 being built.[4][5] The deficiency was addressed on later vehicles.[6] The S2, unveiled in 1959, debuted with a new L Series V-8 engine,[citation needed] still used in contemporary Bentleys like the Mulsanne. It also incorporated air conditioning and standard power-steering, considered cutting-edge amenities at the time. The S3, for its part, was distinguishable by its "four-headlamps in the front wings."[7]

During the 1950s and early '60s, the Bentley Continental was marketed for its powerful engine and lowered suspensions, thought to improve performance for high-speed touring. The fastback coupe's distinctive angle-free, lightweight design also helped establish its British manufacturers' prosperity for the post-war era.

In 2015 a 1952 R Type Continental, in unrestored condition, sold for over $1 million USD.[8]

The second generation of the Continental ended in 1965 with the introduction of the replacement T Series.[9] The Continental nameplate would not be revived until 1984.

Production Timeline

1952 to 1965

1984 to 2002 - post-coachbuilder cars

With the introduction of the Bentley T-series with its unitary construction, Continental chassis were no longer made available to coachbuilders.

2003 to date - post-Vickers cars

Next generation

The next-generation Bentley Continental is scheduled for 2018, and it will include a plug-in hybrid variant. Bentley will borrow the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.[10]

Components for Bentley Continental will be sourced from Volkswagen's plants in Germany and Slovakia, with stampings from Volkswagen's factory in Bratislava. Porsche's plant in Leipzig will be responsible for assembling bodies-in-white, along Porsche's Panamera. Bentley's factory in Crewe will carry out final assembly.[11]

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