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Bentley R-type Continental 1952

 Classic Cars | Bentley R-type  Continental

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Bentley R-type  Continental 1952
Origin  UK Engine  4,566 cc, straight-six Top speed  115 mph (186 km/h)

   Bentley was owned by Rolls-Royce, and the R-type Continental started as an unofficial project designed to reclaim Bentley as a maker of high-speed grand tourers. Its lightweight, streamlined aluminum body was wind-tunnel tested, and the car could cruise at 100 mph (161 km/h) for hours. Just 208 were made.Shaped for speed The Continental’s long, low-slung shape, with stabilizing rear fins, was the result of thorough wind-tunnel tests. 
Roadrunner The Continental shared its 4.6-liter straight-six engine with the stately R-type sedan, but changes to exhaust, carburetion, and induction, as well as higher gear ratios, made it the world’s fastest production four-seater

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Luxury and Power By the start of the 1950s, Europe’s most prestigious automakers were unveiling new, range-topping models. Firms such as Mercedes-Benz were well-known, but others, including British aircraft-maker Bristol, were new to the market. With a lot to prove, they were quickly demonstrating that they could make cars every bit as good as their established rivals’ models.  In a world still ravaged by six years of war, where food and fuel were often rationed and streets still scarred with bomb damage, these exotic models, bought by an elite number of film stars, tycoons, and statesmen, seemed impossibly glamorous, and also hinted at future prosperity for everyone else.

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