The 1999 Bentley Continental Sedanca Coupe's story starts in the early nineties, when British automaker decided to do something bold, debuting the Continental R, its first car since 1965 that didn't share a body with a Rolls-Royce.
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Launched in 1991 at Geneva, the turbocharged Continental R was fairly fast, very luxurious, and at around $250,000, incredibly expensive. The Sultan of Brunei bought the pre-production show car right there in Switzerland, and things were looking good. Bentley threw in a Cosworth-engineered head for more power in 1994, and liquid charge-cooling a year later for the ultra-limited Continental S.
In the name of constant innovation, Bentley came up with a short-wheelbase version, the Continental T, in 1996. The arches were extended to work better with the four-inch shorter wheelbase, and once again, things were looking good for Bentley. The car's brand new push-button ignition unleashed 400 horsepower and 590 lb-ft from the start, and 420 hp and 650 lb-ft when Volkswagen took over in 1998. Then came Mulliner with its body kit and stiffer torsion bars for 1999, and having such exceptional underpinnings at its disposal, Bentley suddenly felt the need to build something really special.
The Continental Sedanca Coupe (SC) payed homage to Bentley's past with a pair of lift-out glass sunroof panels over the front seats. It was also very, very expensive indeed, costing around $300,000 , so Bentley could only build 73 SCs, with Mulliner completing a further six. The final Continental SC was black, finished in 2000.
Ken Gibson, the chap who was motoring editor at British tabloid The Sun for 23 years drove an orange SC in period. Here's what he thought of the walnut interior:
The good news is that despite there being only 48 left-hand drive Continental SCs out there, this low-milage black example is right now for just €90,000 ($105,000). Complete with the Mulliner bodykit and 18-inch wheels, it's an amazing deal on the ultimate manifestation of luxury.