The Bentley Continental - A Timeless Classic

Of all the supercars we hire, the Bentley Continental has been been part of our fleet for years

Bentley 3 litre at Le Mans

Of all the makes and models that PB Supercars have hired since our founding in 2006, the Bentley Continental has been a constant in our ever evolving fleet of supercars. The Continental has a well deserved reputation as the supercar that perfectly combines elegance, performance and timeless class. That is why we and so many of our customers love it. What makes it so great?

Bentleys are special and one of the most sought after luxury car brands in the world. Everything that brand promises is true. Owning a Bentley is a statement of success, a declaration of impeccable taste and a connection to an astonishing racing legacy. They do come with a hefty price tag and running costs, so they make the ideal hire car for those wanting the extravagance and the kudos but are not in the position to own a Bentley.

A Supercar with a Racing Legacy

In order to know why the Bentley history is important, first we need to understand how Bentley came to be. In 1919 Walter Owen Bentley, predominantly an aircraft engine maker, started his own business designing racing cars using his skills developed in the aircraft industry. These first Bentleys were nothing short of outstanding with a massive 3 litre engine, dwarfing the Bugattis that were dominating the racing circuits during the period. It didn’t take long for Bentley to build their reputation as master engineers and become the new dominant force in racing. The Bentley 3 litre went on to win Le Mans, the most prestigious motor race in the world, in 1924 and 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930.

Alongside the racing models, Bentleys were also adapted by luxury coachbuilders such as Vanden Plas for the rich and the wealthy to enjoy. Thanks to success on the track, Bentley was making a name for itself in the international press and quickly became desirable among royalty, aristocracy, film stars and businessmen. Here we began to see the ‘no expense spared’ attitude to car making with many choosing to modify their cars to their own personal tastes, a practice we still see with modern Bentleys. As the 1930s progressed and families recovered from the depression, Bentley production increased and the business became more successful. They were now seen as the perfect package. Not only was the power important, the Bentleys were super reliable and relatively safe to drive at speed.

Bentley 3 Litre in Red

1925 Bentley 3 Litre based on the racng chassis

Bentley 3 Litre Grand Tourer

One of the few surviving Bentley 3 litre grand tourers

What makes a Continental?

The term ‘Continental’ has been used by various manufacturers. Most notably Rolls Royce who developed a new type of car suited to the long, high speed road networks being built in continental Europe in the 1930s. It became a term associated with a type of car that was elegant, handcrafted and designed to drive long distances with ease. The wealthy elite adopted the Bentley as their choice for continental adventures and their grand tours.

The rise of the Bentley Continental

Now owned by Rolls Royce, the first Bentley to wear the Continental name was the R-Type Continental developed in 1952. At the time, the R-Type Continental was considered an engineering marvel. It was the fastest production car available, reaching speeds of 120 mph and producing 153 php from its 4.5 litre engine. This performance was only possible due to new innovative design ideas unique to Bentley. The extensive use of aluminium enabled the weight to be reduced and the development of a new performance tyre in collaboration with Dunlop gave the R-Type the ability to travel at that sort of speed.

The R-Type Continental went a long way to lay the foundations to what would become the modern Bentley brand and showed the world they would not compromise on performance. Their cars were always to be the peak of power and hand-crafted style. Only 200 R-Types were ever made, adding to their almost mystical reputation.

Bentley R-Type Continental 1953

A stunning example of a 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental

Bentley R-Type Continental 1955

A 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental showing how they can be individualised

The Bentley brand was further enhanced with the introduction of the Bentley S1 Continental, first produced in 1955. The S1 was even more refined and was the most expensive car produced at the time. Stars such as Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra became synonymous with the Continental during Hollywood’s golden age and the car became an icon. The S2 and S3 models became the backdrop to the 1960s, but the models never lost their sporting performance with the introduction of a monumental 6.2 litre V8 which has gone down in history as one of the engines greatest of all time.

The modern Continental

Various Bentley Continental models were introduced in the 1970s 80s and 90’s, but we look to 2003 as a pivotal moment in the Bentley Continental’s history. This marked the introduction of the Continental GT. The Continental GT became Bentley’s first all-wheel-drive chassis, combining it with a twin-turbocharged W12 engine capable of a top speed of just shy of 200 mph. The Continental had remained the choice for the wealthy elite, but this new Continental attracted a whole new, younger audience excited by the sleek modern shape that cleverly retained the essence of its heritage and class.

Why is the Bentley Continental such a great supercar?

Supercars by definition are the pinnacle of on-road performance. However, the Bentley Continental is exceptional, the perfect balance between luxury and performance. The Continental isn’t a weekend track car. For those looking for that type of thrill, the Ferrari 488 or Lamborghini Huracan will be the car of choice. For those wanting pure comfort and practicality, then they will look at hiring a Range Rover Vogue, or maybe even Bentley’s own Bentayga. However, those who want the luxury, but still need some serious bite, then the Continental is the only real option. Its racing DNA gives it something extra, and combine this with the pure opulence of the hand-crafted interior, it truly is a classic.

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The amazing hand-crafted Bentley Continental cabin space.

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The rear seats in the Bentley Continental comfortable seats 2 adults

Why Hire a Bentley Continental?

Many of our customers need to project a certain image. With the Bentley racing roots and understated class, we find the Continental often fits the bill. People want a supercar to be fun to drive and with a 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph, the Continental is just that. It has everything you need from a supercar. Handling is precise as the 4WD grips right through the corners, the brakes are phenomenal and the noise from the 6 litre W12 is thunderous. A supercar needs to look fantastic and the Continental with its sleek and strong lines is stunning. Drivers want pure comfort and as you can imagine, the inside of the Continental is gorgeous. The cabin has a quality feel that you only get from hand-crafted supercars. Our customers want comfort, especially in London where the traffic can sometimes be, let's say ‘challenging’. The Continental’s hand finished leather, voluminous seats are out of this world and will ensure you arrive fresh and relaxed.

And there is more. The sound system is thumping, everything is automated, it has a large tank so you travel huge distances before refuelling, decent boot space and remember, the Continental is a 4 seater, comfortably fitting 4 adults.

Convertible or Coupe?

Another reason why the Continental has been such a stalwart in our fleet over the years is the option of a coupe or convertible. A lot of cabriolet versions of supercars can look a little awkward, perhaps lacking some consideration. The Bentley Continental Cabriolet is different however. The sleek lines of the Continental lend itself to a topless model, hugely popular with customers hiring for a special occasion, such as a wedding or prom. The Coupe may feel a little bit more sporty for some, but the Cabriolet still offers the full supercar experience.

Contact us about Bentley Continental Hire

The Bentley Continental has evolved from its racing roots to become the epitome of luxury, sophistication and pure supercar performance. The Continental embraces its iconic stature and blends it with modern innovation to deliver excellence and a supercar experience you will never forget.

Bentley Continental Hire in London

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