1998 Bentley Continental R Chatsworth Edition

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  • One of just six Chatsworth’ Continental Rs, commissioned by Burton House, Sheffield
  • Mulliner Park Ward special package costing £19,459 and bringing the total original sale price to £219,385
  • Kenwood Electronics touchscreen system fitted, incorporating a 7” motorised fold-away monitor, tuner, DVD/CD receiver, USB and iPhone interface, Bluetooth hands-free and rearview camera
  • Extensive and well-documented service history

The Appeal

Amongst the most exclusive and highly coveted dealer limited edition Bentley Continentals was the Chatsworth edition. With a base price tag of £199,926 - almost £30,000 more than a standard Continental R, these Chatsworth cars were beautifully appointed. While ten Chatsworths were planned, only nine made it into production and only six of them were Continental Rs. 
We’re delighted to offer car number four. This 1998 example is amongst the most special of the Chatsworths, commissioned by Burton House Bentley with the optional Mulliner Park Ward special package bringing the total sale price to £219,385. It has been judiciously cared for throughout its life, with well-documented service history from new. The car remains in fantastic overall condition, currently stored in an airflow chamber - (sending 50,000 litres of filtered air through per hour). 
For those seeking a superlative example of this ultra-rare dealer limited edition Continental R, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

The History and Paperwork

  • MOT valid until March 2024
  • 56,645 miles
  • Supplied through Burton House, Sheffield who carried out the initial 1,000 mile service
  • The first owner, Mr Smith of Macclesfield, kept the car for just over five years from December 1998 to April 2004
  • It was serviced by Bentley main dealers Michael Powles, Leicester.  30/8/2000 schedule 1 service at 5523 miles, 5/4/2001 schedule C 7654 miles, 21/6/2002 schedule 2 9569 miles, 23/12/2003 schedule C 13,868 miles
  • Michael Powles, Leicester sold the car to its second owner Mr Wright of The New House, Gonalston, Nottingham, NG14 7JA, on 26/4/2004 
  • He continued to have the car serviced at Bentley dealer Michael Powles, Leicester: 5/5/2004 schedule 1 service 14,358 miles, 4/11/2004 schedule C 17848 miles, 21/7/2005 schedule 2 20829 miles, 31/5/2006 schedule C by Paul Mackley Engineering (Bentley specialist) 23517 miles, and 27/9/2007 24,259 miles schedule 1 service by Michael Powles, Norwich 
  • 12/10/2007 MOT at 24,300 miles by Stratton Motor Company 
  • The third owner, Mr Cusworth of Chesham, bought the car on 26/10/2007 (at 27,000 miles) from Stratton Motor Company, Norwich 
  • In his ownership the car was maintained initially by Jack Barclay, Nine Elms, London
  • 22/8/2008 “check schedule” service and replaced front brake pads 29404 miles, 28/10/2008 replaced rear gas spheres 32,817 miles, and 4/11/2008 MOT 32,976 miles
  • From July 2009 it was maintained by Hadley Green main dealers Barnet, 24/7/2009 schedule C and renewed brake discs and pads 37,572 miles 
  • 21/12/2009 Hadley Green replaced the head gaskets 37,593 miles, at a cost of £7,196. 25/1/2010  (MOT 40458 miles)
  • Taken into stock by Marlow Cars in September 2011, it had a check-over and schedule C service at 43,200 miles (work undertaken by Paul Bradshaw, of Bradshaw Bentley Services) 
  • Advertised in the November 2011 issue of RREC Advertiser and bought by the present owner in late 2013; delivery taken in January 2014 after no.  2 service and MOT at 43,880 miles by Marlow Cars (work carried out by Paul Bradshaw, Bradshaw Bentley Services)
  • Service and repair record in current ownership: 13/3/2014 front ball joint replaced by Performance & Prestige Cars (PPC), 18/3/2015 MOT 44270 miles and attended to rusty brake pipe, 12/5/2015 no.1 service by PPC and front dampers reconditioned 44,338 miles
  • From October 2015, the car has been maintained by Hillier Hill
  • 16/10/2015 Extensive repairs including front brakes, spring cups, fuel feed, parking brake pads and Tectyl underbody treatment 44,941 miles, 10/3/2016 MOT 45169, 22/6/2016 no. 1  service 45,263 miles, 27/3/2017
  • New air conditioning, new main battery and MOT 45,439 miles,  6/3/2018  MOT 46,256 miles,  3/4/2018  schedule C  47,050 miles (annually serviced since then) 
  • The most recent service was carried out on 9/3/2023 no. 1 service & MOT 51,702 miles
  • Currently stored in an airflow chamber - sending 50,000 litres of filtered air through per hour
  • Last of the pre-Rolls-Royce/Bentley separation models - with a body unique to Bentley
  • Original sales invoices and specification paperwork present

The Condition

  • Silver Pearl paintwork still in fantastic order
  • The MPW package includes Birdseye Maple Stained Grey woodwork and waist rails, black chrome to all interior brightwork finishings, and Continental T style seat trim in “Dyed Through” black leather
  • Black trim with green badging
  • There are Chatsworth logos on all four waist rails and embroidered onto the top section of all four seat squabs 
  • Continental T 18” five-spoke wheels with 255/50 tyres
  • The previous owner had fitted a Kenwood Electronics touchscreen system, incorporating a 7” motorised fold-away monitor, tuner, DVD/CD receiver, USB and iPhone interface, Bluetooth hands-free and rearview camera (costing £2,465)
  • Still also has the original Motorola telephone fitted in the armrest locker which the vendor informs us is in full working order
  • No signs of corrosion or damage to the bodywork
  • The leather upholstery remains free from excessive wear
  • We understand all the cabin electrics to be in good working order

The Mechanics 

  • 6.75-litre turbocharged V8
  • Four-speed GM automatic gearbox
  • Fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer assures all remains in fine mechanical condition
  • Judiciously serviced and reportedly running well
  • The vendor assures us that the car drives without fault
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Bentley
  • Model Continental R
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 52,645 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Northampton
  • Location Northamptonshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
9 bids
  • Ba•••• £40,250 23/11/23
  • gi•••• £40,000 18/11/23
  • bi•••• £36,000 18/11/23
  • mo•••• £35,000 17/11/23
  • br•••• £16,750 17/11/23
  • ad•••• £15,000 16/11/23
  • ro•••• £10,000 16/11/23
  • br•••• £7,500 16/11/23
  • st•••• £5,000 16/11/23
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