We are pleased to offer this rare 1998 Bentley Continental T finished in Black over a luxuriously appointed interior with Soft Tan hides and Burr Walnut trim. Built from 1996-2003, the Bentley Continental T was offered as a sporting version of the Continental R and featured a shorter wheelbase, flared wheel arches, larger brakes, and a more powerful 6.75L turbocharged V8 engine. One of 321 Continental T’s produced in total and only 50 left-hand-drive models for 1998, this example was purchased at an original cost of over $350k and debuted several notable changes for the model year. It is said to have been regularly maintained by Manhattan Motorcars throughout its life while being driven approximately 1,400 miles per year on average. Currently showing just over 33k miles on the odometer, this rare and well-preserved Bentley Continental T is being offered for auction by its seller out of Florida.
This Continental is finished in Black accented by chrome trim, and the seller reports the car to have always been garage-kept and covered while never being subjected to rain or winter driving conditions. Detailed images are provided in the photo gallery along with a clean CARFAX report. For the 1998 model year, the Continental T was updated with a distinctive chrome Matrix grille replacing the older vertical slat grille, as well as new chrome grilles located beneath the headlights. Compared with the Continental R, the T also features a 4” shorter wheelbase and extended wheel arches. The 18” 5-spoke wheels come dressed In Hankook Ventus ST tires dated from 2012/2013. A matching full-sized spare is also included in the trunk.
Inside, the cabin has been decadently appointed with Soft Tan hides, black carpeting, and Burr Walnut veneers throughout. Upon entry, the driver is greeted by specialized doorsills with plaques reading “Coachbuilt by Mulliner Park Ward”. The upper dashboard is wrapped in black leather and the perforated leather seats are accented by contrasting black piping. Optional details include a Soft Tan trimmed steering wheel with wood veneers, a veneer door switch panel, a veneer dash with chrome instrument bezels, a Walnut gear knob, and Bentley logo inlays for the front capping rails. An homage to Bentley’s racing history, the Continental T also features a unique red starter button located within the central panel of the dash. Driver amenities include multi-adjustable seats with 2-stage heating and 3-position memory, automatic air conditioning, drilled pedals, and power accessories. An upgraded Kenwood radio has been installed and the seller confirms all accessories to be fully functional.
The 1998 Continental T is equipped with an upgraded version of the L-Series turbocharged 6.75L V8 engine which generates up to 420 HP and 650 lb.-ft of torque, an increase of 20 HP and 60 lb.-ft of torque over the previous model year. The Continental T utilizes larger disc brakes compared with the R as well as modified shock absorbers and stiffer torsion bars for improved handling. The rear wheels are driven through a 4-speed automatic transmission allowing for acceleration from 0-60 MPH in approximately 6 seconds. The power steering pump was replaced at 13k miles, the front brake pads were replaced at 25k miles, the spark plugs were replaced at 28k miles, and the steering rack was recently replaced at 33k miles. The coolant temperature gauge is currently nonfunctional, although new OEM temperature sensors have been ordered from an authorized supplier and will be provided for the next owner to install.
This sale will include a set of two keys, a spare tire, and a clean title. Staying true to Bentley’s sporting history while retaining an impeccable level of luxury and craftsmanship, this rare and highly collectible Continental T Mulliner is a unique and timeless choice for any discerning automotive connoisseur.