In 1998 the famous British manufacturer was acquired by the Volkswagen Group. No longer an independent organization, Bentley almost immediately began producing new models with German engineering underneath. The second model produced following the VW takeover, the Continental Flying Spur added much needed rear space to the highly successful Continental GT.
Adding two doors, 12.6 inches in wheelbase and 19.8 inches in length the car was transformed from a coupe into more of a limousine. With a base price approaching $200,000 before customization, the Flying Spur was the ultimate luxury car of the time. The cars were fanatically engineered and use a twin-turbo W-12 engine which was shared between the VW Phaeton and Audi A8. In addition to the W-12 the cars make use of sophisticated computer-controlled air springs and shock absorbers to produce the signature Bentley ride quality. True to the brands Le Mans history the car will accelerate freely to 195 MPH where its class peers are electronically limited to 155 MPH.
This example is presented in an attractive and classic combination of white over tan. At the time of cataloging mileage indicated is 22,669. The tan interior benefits from attractive wood trim throughout the front dash, center console and rear picnic tables.
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