This is a unique opportunity to buy a most interesting part of Bentley's incredible history. This is actually many cars in one and provides bragging rights to end all car arguments! In a nutshell this is a lovely 1995 Bentley Azure, but it is also the very first production car, Chassis Number 1, and in addition to this, it is the actual Prototype, named P100, that Bentley used to develop the idea of a convertible Continental R. The actual car is in a lovely condition, showing 76k Miles in the hands of only 3 owners, the first being Bentley themselves. The last owner has owned and cherished the car for over 19 years which explains why it has only recently come to light, he has spent over £50k on the car in this timescale on routine maintanence at the best dealers in the South. The Documented history for this exact car is an extremely large book, running into almost 300 pages, it is also featured extensively in the book, "Inside The Roll-Royce & Bentley Styling Department" by Graham Hull.
Based on the potent Bentley Continental R, the drop head Azure version was one of the most powerful cars of the era. The famous Italian styling house Pininfarina had been chosen to develop the Azure on the four-seater Continental R platform, and there was no question that the result was most successful. Body shells were assembled in Italy by Pininfarina, fitted with the automatic soft-top, painted and shipped to the UK for finishing at the Bentley factory at Crewe. Hailed by its maker as 'the world's best convertible', the Azure lived up to that grand title, proving an immense success especially in the US where its combination of unmatched luxury, effortless performance and soft-top style was highly attractive. When production ceased in 2003 a total of only 1,321 Azures of all types had been built.
So, our car is always referred to as Bentley Project P100 in the Chassis Records, the Chassis number is SCH50801, signifying the very first of the Azure series. It left the factory in 1994, built as a Continental R, as can be seen by the badge inside the drivers door, destined for Pininfarina to design and manufacture the folding hood system. Our car is finished in Sherwood Green with Sandstone Leather piped in Spruce with Conifer Carpets. The Soft Top is Dark Green also and looks beautiful. There is all the correspondence between Pininfarina and Bentley regarding the actual design of the hood and the process involved, the car is often referred to as Project P100 Soft Top Nepal, Nepal being the code name for the Continental R project. When the finished car came back from Italy it was checked over again , kept by the factory for testing and actually covered over 26k Miles in its first year. It was eventually sold through the retail network to its first owner. The last owner bought the car when it was 6 years old with 44k Miles on the clock and has used it regularly over the last 19 years with the car now showing 76k Miles.
So here we have a beautiful Bentley Azure in the best colour combination ready for use with a complete service history. But in addition to that we have a genuine Bentley Project car, P100, listed and written about in all the relevant texts, with nearly 300 pages of chassis records alone, and also having the cachet of being the first one made, if it were a Jaguar E-Type it would be worth a few million pounds. We have the car here with us in Kent, it drives perfectly and is a wonderful car for the summer with the addition of being extremely important, very few Project cars leave the factory, and they include one offs for VIP clients and royalty. So, to summarise, this is a truly unique opportunity for the Bentley collector, it would take a week to even read through the documentation I have with the car, and in addition, a beautiful and desirable car to use daily, for about the same price as a slightly lower mileage Azure!