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It is hard to believe that the shape of the Continental has been with us for more than 12 years now and with the odd cosmetic tweak and engine upgrade it has managed to establish itself as the best selling Bentley by far. In fact, it is the main reason the company is now considered to be an instantly recognisable global brand which is no mean feat for a single model. Who knows, the Conti might do for Bentley what the 911 has done for Porsche over the decades.

In these times, it is the marketing man who sits at the top table with the company bosses and they look to him to mix his magic potions to eke out every drop of dream-inspiring imagery to help maintain market share of their brand and individual models. The Continental is a good example.

Think of a jolly jaunt down to Monaco in the blink of an eye, wafting along in a near-silent W12 to arrive refreshed at the Casino in time for a game or two of Black Jack.

How about a raucous blast in the Scottish Glens with a glorious V8 under the bonnet while the sports suspension lets you attack corners like Lewis Hamilton?

Fancy a cruise along the Pacific Highway from LA to San Diego? You can just picture yourself in a Continental GTC with the roof down soaking up the sun and the miles listening to Pink Floyd on the Naim audio system.

Get the point? Along with breaking ice speed records it seems there is a Continental for every occasion and for almost every year of production Bentley has tinkered with the ingredients to keep the model fresh in the public’s eye.

So far we have seen…..Mulliner Driving Specs, a Diamond Series, a GTZ, Series 51, Supersports, Speed 80-11 Editions, Design Series China, ISR Edition, GT Speed, GT Le Mans, GT3, GT V8S and GT3-R. Creative or what?

Most Continentals you will find on the road today will be the staple W12 or V8 Coupe but every now and then a ‘special edition’ will appear on our radar and this time it is a 2010 GT Speed W12.

The ‘Speed’ part of the moniker means that (for the 2010 year model) you could expect a not insignificant 602hp instead of the ‘standard’ car’s 552hp whilst sitting on slightly lowered suspension. In other words, it will give you an almighty shove in the back when you want it and is a genuine 200+ mph GT.

Finished in Moonbeam Silver with Beluga hide interior we have been asked to find a buyer for a particularly nice example of a GT Speed which was registered in May 2010 and has completed only 14000 miles since new. A recent service complements the already comprehensive history for the car and the MOT expires in May 2017.

This GT Speed car comes with the following optional extras:-

20″ Speed Dark Tint finish alloy wheels fitted with very good Pirelli PZero tyres, Convenience Specification, Front Massage Seats, Linen Contrast Stitching, Piano Black Trim, Alloy Fuel Filler Cap, CD Changer, Bluetooth, Rear View Camera, TV Tuner, Power Boot Function, Rear View Camera, Space-saving Spare Wheel, Drilled Alloy Sports Pedals, Multi-function Heated Steering Wheel in Single-tone Hide Trim with Brushed Switch Surround, Clear Protection Film to Front and Rear, Mirrors and Side Sills, Bright Chromed Matrix Grille plus Bright Chromed Lower Bumper Matrix Grille, Valet Key.

The following are standard features on the GT Speed:-

Auto-dimming Rear View Mirror, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Automatic Headlights, Cruise Control, Diamond-quilted Seats, Diamond-quilted Leather Inserts, Electric Steering Column with Easy Exit, Key-less Entry, Heated Electric Seats, Power-fold Heated Mirrors with Memory, Telephone Voice Control, Infotainment System including Satellite Navigation, Multi-zone Climate Control, Rain-sensor Wipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Ultrasonic Park Distance Control Front and Rear.

Phew – not many boxes were left unticked with this car it seems!

This splendid car is on sale at £67,250 so to find out more give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Please note that part exchanges may be considered.

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12 months is not a long time. Only yesterday, it seems, we were waltzing through the airport terminal in Geneva and turning left into the Palexpo to ogle the latest automotive eye-candy. And now it is 2015.

Last year was okay and kind of worth the trip but this year we were gagging to get there. Over 70  new models on display plus the inevitable bunch of interesting concept cars that never see the light of day. So on with the show.

With so much to see we’ll just focus on the cars that were of particular interest to us which means you can exclude most of the mass market offerings.

Cutting to the chase our show hero was the Koenigsegg Regera – ‘robotic’ body panels, 1500 hp, 0-60 mph in minus 2 seconds, brain-mashing top speed, everything about the car is mental. The car is from Sweden and is the antithesis of ABBA. It is Black Sabbath on acid. Everybody now go back to the drawing board.

Koenigsegg Regera

Next up is the Ford GT. Only 250 cars will be made and the launch date is some time in 2016. For a car that looks this good and performance will be up there with the best it is hard to believe that it will cost around £200k. Speculators and investors form an orderly queue now.

Ford GT

Aston Martin. They really are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The brand is bullet-proof, up there with Apple in terms of global recognition and Bond’s perennial favourite weapon of choice. The cars are drop-dead gorgeous and yet they struggle to persuade die-hard Porsche buyers to consider AM as a viable alternative. The GT3 (Aston Martin) is all sold-out – yep 100 cars gone in the blink of an eye without a single car being built so there are some real fans out there. The Vulcan, to be honest, does not look like an Aston Martin. It looks like it came from the planet Vulcan and driven by Mr Spock (RIP). Designed for those who have enough money to have a spare car for track days (at Paul Ricard not Donington) the detail of the car is truly impressive. The rear light assemblies are a work of art and deserve a place in the Louvre. Bravo Aston Martin for surprising all of us!

Aston Martin Vulcan

Yes the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is a concept but the car is real and very likely to be gunning for 911 customers in the very near future. The car on display was rotating gracefully while the crowds gawped and wiped the dribble from their mouths. The EXP is a truly lovely design and there is a little bit of Aston Martin in the profile. The interior is lovely too and you know they will sell zillions of them if they actually start making the car which we think they (VW) will. It is a no-brainer so all they have to do is come up with a sensible name for the car.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

If we all accept that the internal combustion engine will one day no longer exist but at the same time pray that we will not be driven around by a car made by Google there is a ray of hope in the form of fuel cell technology from nanoFlowcell AG. The Quantino F is a concept right now and maybe a little too avant-garde for mass market tastes but it bodes well for the future of green motoring. With a range of 1000 kms and a top speed of 200 kph we can all put away the razor blades – cars can survive without petrol.

Quantino F

Other highlights for us were the Alfa Romeo 4c Spider (prettier than the Coupe), Ferrari 488 (even more desirable than a 458), McLaren 675LT (they seem to going from strength to strength), Lamborghini Aventador SV (how can you make an Aventador even more terrifying?), Sergio by Pininfarina (not a game-changer but such a perfect design and future classic), Audi R8 (looks the same but then again doesn’t – if that makes any sense), Lotus (shouldn’t they be dead by now? The Evora and Exige still look damn good), Porsche 911 GT3 RS in orange (they couldn’t have picked a better colour), Porsche Cayman GT4 in yellow (they couldn’t have picked a better colour) and Renault Sport RS 01 (the bastard child of the Caterham/Renault love affair? At the right price this car will sell well).

There are even more exhibits that are probably worth a mention and we did manage to take a few shots of nice cars during our visit to the show so please take a look at our slideshow when you have time.

For now then we have stocked up on Toblerone, Swiss cheese and cuckoo clocks albeit with less Swiss Francs left than last year but roll on 2016 – not sure if it will be as interesting as this year though!

Bentley GT3-R

Hard to believe that the shape of the Continental has been with us for nearly 12 years now and with the odd cosmetic tweak and engine upgrade it has managed to establish itself as the best selling Bentley by far. In fact, it is the main reason the company is now considered to be an instantly recognisable global brand which is no mean feat for a single model. Who knows, the Conti might do for Bentley what the 911 has done for Porsche over the decades.

In these times, it is the marketing man who sits at the top table with the company bosses and they look to him to mix his magic potions to eke out every drop of dream-inspiring imagery to help maintain market share of their brand and individual models. The Continental is a good example.

Think of a jolly jaunt down to Monaco in the blink of an eye, wafting along in a near-silent W12 to arrive refreshed at the Casino in time for a game or two of Black Jack.

How about a raucous blast in the Scottish Glens with a glorious V8 under the bonnet while the sports suspension lets you attack corners like Lewis Hamilton?

Fancy a cruise along the Pacific Highway from LA to San Diego? You can just picture yourself in a GT Speed Convertible with the roof down soaking up the sun and the miles listening to Pink Floyd on the Naim audio system.

Get the point? Along with breaking ice speed records it seems there is a Continental for every occasion. However until recently one part of Bentley’s history had been relatively unexploited – the legendary Bentley Blowers that won at Le Mans in 1930. Enter the GT3 and GT3-R.

The GT3 was developed to establish Bentley as a properly competitive racing team again and to bring the marque firmly back on to the stage of worldwide motorsport – the marketing men were at it again.

Such was the positive reception to the arrival of Bentley to compete with the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche that it was not long before the company wheeled out a ‘normal’ road-going version for those petrol-heads with deep pockets. Hence we have the GT3-R.

Limited to a production run of only 300 the low-down is as follows:-

Engine power 580 PS 6000rpm and 700 N·m 1700rpm, torque vectoring for each of the rear wheels, shorter gearing, recalibrated control software, all-new titanium exhaust with 7 kg weight saving and retuned acoustics, forged 21-inch alloy wheels in gloss black, Pirelli tyres, sport-focused Electronic Stability Control programme, Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) braking system (420 mm front and 356 mm rear brake discs, 8-piston front calipers in green), two-seat cabin with carbon fibre, Alcantara and leather interior upholstery; bespoke sporting seats with additional side support through deeper bolsters upholstered in Beluga black leather and diamond-quilted Alcantara, upholstered steering wheel and gear shifter, centre console and fascia panels in carbon fibre, carbon fibre door casings with diamond-quilted Alcantara inner panels, rear cabin with a carbon fibre surround and upholstered in leather and Alcantara, green hide colour on the seats, instrument panel, door panels, contrast stitching throughout the seats and diamond-quilted areas; GT3-R badging at centre console, passenger-side fascia panel, sill tread-plates; GT3-R stitching at seat headrests in with contrast-green stitching, carbon fibre fixed rear wing and boot lid, bonnet with two vents, Glacier White body colour with gloss carbon fibre contrasts, two-tone green graphics tracing two power lines to the side profile of the car (one leading backwards from the front wheel, the other tracing the shape of the Continental GT’s rear haunch), headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips in gloss black. Phew!

Want to buy one? Well, too late because they are all sold out. Top marks for the marketing bods again!

However, we know of a cancelled order GT3-R that is physical and can be purchased today so to find out more give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

We are advertising on behalf of the owner this stunning 2005 Bentley Continental GT 6.0 Mulliner which is finished in Silver Tempest Metallic with Nautic Blue Hide Interior.

This March 2005 registered, right hand drive Continental GT W12 has recorded only 25,000 miles and comes with the following specification:-

* Walnut Veneer
* Mulliner Driving Spec
* Quilted Hide
* Deep Pile Overmats to Front and Rear
* Massage Seats (Front)
* Coming Home Control
* Keyless GO
* 20” Split Rim Bentley Mulliner alloys – all refurbished
* New Tyres
* Heated Memory Seats
* Front Heated Mirrors
* Rain and Light Sensor
* 6CD Changer
* Air Suspension
* Leather Interior Roof
* Trip Computer
* Bright Matrix Grill Upper
* Two Keys
* Driver’s Handbooks
* HPI Report

This Continental GT has a comprehensive service history (mainly Bentley) and has recently been issued with a new MOT certificate.

This Bentley Continental GT 6.0 Mulliner is now SOLD!

For further details or to arrange a viewing  please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

 

We are advertising on behalf of the owner this beautiful 2011 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. The car has one registered keeper from new and has recorded just 12800 miles. This GTC Speed is finished in Beluga Black Metallic and has a comprehensive Bentley service history.

Full specification listed as follows:-

Full Linen Hide
Black Contrast Stitching
Black Secondary Hide
Black Exterior Hood
Bentley Emblem Stitching to Head Restraints
Dark Stained Burr Walnut Trim
Diamond Quilted leather Seats
Diamond Quilted Door Inserts
Drilled Alloy Sports Foot Pedals
Hide Trimmed Sports gear lever
Comfort Seating Front and Rear
3 Spoke Dual Tone Hide trimmed Steering wheel with Brushed Aluminium Switch Surround
Front Massage Seats
Leather Sun-visors
Keyless Entry
12 Speaker Multi Channel Sound Pack
Adaptive Cruise
Bluetooth
CD Changer
Coming Home Controls
Heated Front Seats
IPod Interface
Navigation System
Power Boot
Rear View Camera
TV Tuner
Telephone Voice Control
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Bright Chromed Radiator Matrix Grille and Bright Chromed Lower Bumper Matrix Grille
Convenience Specification
20″ Speed Wheels

This GTC was last serviced in November 2013 and is taxed until May 2014. The Bentley Manufacturer’s warranty is valid until June 2014.

The car is located in Central London and viewing is strictly by appointment only.

This Bentley Continental GTC Speed is now SOLD!

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Finished in Onyx Black with Linen Main and Beluga Secondary Hide Interior this July 2013 registered, right hand drive Flying Spur has recorded 1400 miles and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Piano Black Veneer, Contrast stitching, Contrast binding to Overmats, Contrast binding to boot carpets, Emblem stitching to seats, Comfort specification, 2 tone steering wheel, Front & rear ashtrays, Lambswool rugs, Colour specification, Steering column mounted gear selectors, 1 storage case to centre console, Front & rear seat ventilation with massage, Privacy handset with front and rear cradle, Veneered picnic tables, Rear climate boost, Reversing camera, SIM card reader to phone system, Chrome oil filler cap, 21” Ten spoke propeller alloy wheels, Space saving spare wheel. List Price New £168000 inc VAT.

This Flying Spur is now SOLD!

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Bentley Flying Spur in Onyx Black

N.B. This image was created using the Bentley configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Hallmark Silver with Linen Hide Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive Flying Spur comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Contrast Stitching, Contrast Binding to Carpet Overmats, Contrast Binding to Boot Carpet, Stitching To Steering Wheel In Contrasting Colour, Driving Specification With 21″ Painted Wheels, Privacy Glass To Rear Screen & Rear Side Windows, Steering Column Mounted Gear Selectors, 1 Storage Case To Centre Console, Dual Tone, 3 Spoke, Hide Trimmed Steering Wheel, Front And Rear Ashtray With Cigar Lighters, Battery Charger (UK Adaptor), Remote Controlled Garage Door / Electronic Gate Opener – Euro Link System, TV Tuner – ROW, Convenience Specification, First Aid Kit & Warning Triangle, Space Saving Spare Wheel.

This Flying Spur is now SOLD!

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Bentley Flying Spur in Hallmark Silver

N.B. This image was created using the Bentley configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.