1952-1955 Bentley R-type Continental

Michael Furman

Designed by J.P. Blatchley
The graceful lines of the two-door fastback Bentley R-type Continental are the result of a close collaboration between the Crewe, England, factory (principally chief project engineer Ivan Evernden and stylist J. P. Blatchley) and coachbuilder H. J. Mulliner, which provided the coachwork for 193 of the 208 cars built. Aerodynamics and light weight were high priorities; the R-type was constructed with aluminum body panels, window frames, and bumpers. Reserved exclusively for export from Britain, the R-type Continental was one of the fastest--and most expensive--cars in the world when new.

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