1998 Bentley Azure

54k Miles, Fully Serviced, Beautiful

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The Azure is destined to be a modern classic. It is pure Bentley with power, beauty, elegance and a sporty style.

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This is a beautiful example of the curvaceous and high performing 1998 Bentley Azure.  These were hand-built masterpieces with a total production of 209 examples built through the year. The coachwork is pure Bentley but the convertible top modifications were from Pininfarina.  The Azure has a classical elegance that looks contemporary today. When new, this special-order motorcar is said to have had a retail price of about $339,000.

This Bentley is in nice overall condition, belying the fact that its 22 years old and having covered a mere 54,900 miles. It has lived most of its life in Texas and California, and has been regularly serviced and well maintained (documented mainly through CARFAX reports and our inspection).  It was ordered new by Overseas Motors in Dallas, Texas and purchased by its first owner Mike Prentiss on September 1, 1997.  This Bentleys present owner is an RROC member and has enjoyed it for the past nine years.  Much of the service through the years has been performed by Bentley dealers (showing up as Volkswagen on the CARFAX) or well known independent specialist, such as ACME Car Service.

The livery is striking in Diamond Graphite, being accented with a black Haartz cloth canvas convertible top and striking 17” chromed Bentley five major spoke wheels with blue B’s in the chromed hub caps (and the valve stem caps have blue B’s, too!).  These top-of-the-line convertibles express the workmanship of Bentley’s hand-crafted excellence. This convertible features such upgrade details as the chromed grill shell with the chromed matrix grill inserts, dual exhaust tips and the blue badging throughout. The exterior paint is nearly perfect. There is no evidence of any prior paint work and it is in remarkable condition today.  The rear bumper has two faint scratches and the front passengers bumper has a slight scrape, both included in the photo gallery.

The interior is in very nice condition overall.  The Mushroom leather is all original and in very nice condition.  The interior required minimal touchup of the leather, mainly from the seat belt area in the driver’s seat bolster.  The dash pads are also matching Mushroom leather and look excellent. All of the leather is soft and supple with minimal age-related creases. The interior shows typical wear for a 54,000 miles car.

The burr walnut veneers for the cap rails are in excellent condition with no cracks or fading.  Blue Flying B emblems have been imbedded into the inlays and looks sharp. The steering wheel has been upgraded to a beautiful burr walnut wheel.  The dash wood veneers are original and are in good condition. There are several areas where there is slight cracking in the veneer and there is some light fading noticeable. This can be seen in the photo gallery. This example is consistent with Bentley’s country club ambiance.

The true heart of the Continental R is the engine and drivetrain. The entire drivetrain is based on the Turbo R and it shared all of its components. Built with the venerable Bentley turbocharged 6.75 liter V8, this Bentley has the upgraded 385 bhp about 600 ft. lbs. of torque and incredible torque available at low RPMs. This provided the power to achieve 150 mph and a 0-60 mph time in just over 6 seconds. The power is transmitted through the tried and true GM 4L80E four-speed automatic transmission. And this performance is from a motorcar weighing nearly three tons!

The present owner installed a back-up camera system that uses the drivers iPhone through its built in WIFI. He also engineered a very clever removable cup holder that matches the Mushroom leather, as well as a very functional removeable wind deflector for use when the convertible top is lowered to help prevent wind in the passenger compartment.

We have about ten years of service receipts showing that many of the common problem areas have been addressed.  The convertible top hoses and most of the important rubber items and hoses have been replaced during this time.  This Bentley comes complete with its owners’ manuals, two sets of keys, tools, safety equipment.  The present owner also recently installed all new and correct Pirelli radials.  These Azures are sure to increase in value over time.

We completed a detailed inspection and found most everything to be in proper order. See the inspection report for details.  The drivers seat retracts only intermittently and the passenger side seat heater isn’t functioning.  We ran a CARFAX and found it to be pretty detailed with no accidents or other issues.

This Bentley is ready to show, drive and enjoy. For more details and information please call or text Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or email us at harry@classicpromenade.com. The Bentley is available for inspection at our Phoenix showroom.

1998 Bentley Azure

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tonym
November 14, 2020

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November 14, 2020

We are close to the reserve for this Azure!! Good luck with your bidding!!

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1998 Bentley Azure
1998 Bentley Azure

Reserve price Not met!

VIN SCBZK14C9WCX61552
BODY STYLE Convertible
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 54,900
GEARBOX Automatic
DOORS 2
INT COLOR Gray Leather
EXT COLOR Gray
YEAR 1998
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
AUCTION STATUS
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Location Arizona
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BIDS 17 | Top Bid tonym

Bentley Azure

The Bentley Azure is a four-seater convertible grand tourer produced by British automobile manufacturer Bentley Motors. The first version debuted in 1995 on the Bentley Continental R platform and was made until 2003. After a three-year break, a completely new version debuted in 2006 and was produced until 2009. It was powered by a significantly…
The Bentley Azure is a four-seater convertible grand tourer produced by British automobile manufacturer Bentley Motors. The first version debuted in 1995 on the Bentley Continental R platform and was made until 2003. After a three-year break, a completely new version debuted in 2006 and was produced until 2009. It was powered by a significantly updated engine and based on the newer Arnage platform.

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