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Source: Bentley

In 1952, cars that could hit a top speed of 115 mph were uncommon. Cars that could cruise at 100 mph with 4 occupants (and luggage) were unheard of – until the R-Type Continental. With a top speed of 120 mph, The R-Type Continental was not only the fastest 4-seater car in the world in 1952, but also the most expensive.

The R-Type Continental created a template for Bentley grand touring that endures today. It even inspired the design team working on the first Continental GT, 50 years later. By the time production ended in 1955, 208 R-Type Continentals had been built. All but 15 of them were bodied by H.J. Mulliner.

Quick Facts

Year

1952

Cylinders

6

Displacement

4566 ccm (278.6 ci)

Horsepower

152 

Top Speed

193 km/h (120 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

≈ 11 s

Engine

Type

Inline-6 naturally aspirated

Position

front

Displacement

4566 ccm (278.6 ci)

Compression Ratio

7.25:1

Boost Pressure

/

max. RPM

/

max. Torque @RPM

/

max. Horsepower @RPM

152 @4500

Valves/Cylinder

2

Valvecontrol

OISE (intake over exhaust)

Transmission

Drivetrain

RWD

Type

4-speed manual

Gear Ratios

2.68 - 1.55 - 1.22 - 1.00 (2.86)

Final Axel Ratio

3.07

Design

Seats

2+2

Doors

2

Length/Width/Height

5245/1816/1676 mm (206.5/71.5/66 in)

Weight 

1880 kg (4145 lbs)

Paint Options

/

Interior Colour Options

/

Interior Materials

wood, metal, leather

Cw value

/

Design by

Bentley

Performance

Top Speed

193 km/h (120 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

≈ 11 s

60-120mph / 100-200kmh

/

60-0mph / 100-0kmh

/

1/4 Mile

/

Price

New 

≈ 160,000 $ today

Used 

≈ 850,000 $

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