Bentley is staying quite busy with its tribute models. It’s built yet another 2023 Continental GT, in Azure trim, that’s based on a notable past model. But unlike the Bathurst cars, this one appears to be just for Bentley, and it’s based on a much older car: a 1953 R-Type Continental.
More specifically, it’s based on the 1953 R-Type Continental Bentley keeps in its historic fleet. It’s a car that was purchased by the company in 2001 and has been maintained and preserved. The R-Type Continental is an important model for Bentley for a couple of reasons. It’s a neat model on its own as a coupe version of the R-Type sedan that got a relatively light aluminum body, and its 4.6-liter straight-six could propel the Continental to nearly 120 mph. But it also was the inspiration for the first-generation Continental GT launched in 2003.
So this special Continental GT Azure brings everything full circle. It’s painted Old English White with a Cricket Ball leather interior to match the white-over-red of the ’53 example. Bentley says the Burr Walnut wood trim with boxwood inlays was given a natural finish lacquer to match the aged wood on the old car. And as an Azure, this Continental GT comes with a variety of comfort-oriented features such as the active anti-roll bars and ultra-adjustable seats with massage. Under the hood is the standard twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 542 hp.