Bentley, the British registered luxury car manufacturer is promoting the 2016 Continental GT Speed by unifying it with the 1952 R-Type Continental, which was the first Bentley to be named as the Continental. The R-Type Continental is a two-door, four-seat luxury car, which was billed as the "world’s first Grand Tourer". It was manufactured from 1952 to 1955 as a special edition of the Bentley R-Type.
This R-type featured aluminium body work and a 4.5-litre inline six-cylinder engine that produced 153 HP. Though, it doesn’t sound much according to today’s standards, but it was regarded as the fastest four-seater in the world with a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) and was often referred to as a "flying carpet". The model proved to be a success and manufactured 207 copies, out of which many of the models were coach-built by Mulliner.
It is even more surprising to know that the R-Type Continental £6,928 which was fifteen times the average annual salary in Britain. The R-Type Continental was born sixty years ago, yet it holds a special place in the heart of Bentley as this model holds the legacy of Bentley’s design a “striking power line, muscular rear haunches and swooping, fast roof line”.