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The year 1991 meant a lot of troubles and tension for Bentley. The marque had been under the wings of Rolls-Royce from 1931 onward and was hit with full punch by weak market conditions which did force Rolls-Royce to resolute reaction. The era of opulent vehicles to a layout from bygone ages had come to an end and the manufacturer decided to close their factory at Hythe Road in London (where skilled craftsmen mainly by hand had built the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI). However not only the staff of some 500 there were made redundant. The workforce was cut by a further 700 in an action to balance expenses according to 48 % drop of sales figures. Expectations were high for a turn-around by meeting future demands with the new Bentley Continental R. The Fixed Head Coupé (announced in March 1991 with first deliveries planned for 1992) was based on the platform of the Bentley Turbo R and did share technical components with that model. During this fairly critical period a steady demand for the Bentley Turbo R was seen as a particularly valuable asset of the British car manufacturer.
When in 1992 the Bentley Turbo R featured here was made the company found themselves in less troubled waters. Not a single detail of this motor car does reflect the factory and the staff had been subject to in-depth re-arrangements. The client was provided with top-standard vehicle powered by a reliable high-performance drivetrain, impeccable handling and a finish with "Attention to Detail" that left nothing to be desired. The colour is "British Racing Green" – which since the years prior to the Kaiser-War had been the National colour for competition cars of the United Kingdom (though strangely the exact shade of British Racing Green had never been accurately defined).
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