It’s Monterey Auto Week, one of the best car gatherings this year in North America, and Bentley Motors is there with a fleet of cars, dealers, and customers. California is one of Bentley’s best markets in the US and Pebble Beach has traditionally been Bentley’s favorite place to bring customers to view new and even unannounced products.
The entire new lineup is present, including the just-arrived-in-the-US 2016 Bentley Continental GT. The GT has been refreshed for this model year and has new front and rear bumpers along with a new side detail vent that matches the Bentayga. The W12 6.0l twin-turbo has been bumped from 575 to 590 hp.
Today, August 14th, 2105, at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, the entire Bentley 2016 model lineup will be jointed by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, which is back in the US for the second time. Attendees can view the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car on the Concept Lawn at The Lodge the rest of the weekend. Bentley’s CEO has stated that they want to move forward with development of the car after receive raving reviews around the world. No word on when it might make it to production, but we think it would be 2018 or 2019 at the earliest. On Saturday, August 15th, Bentley will be at The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at the Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway paddock. There they will have the powerful 2015 Continental GT3-R, which recently was driven to the car’s personal best top speed of 190mph, along with one of their Continental GT3 race cars.
There will be many really nice older Bentleys around Monterey also. This includes a 1930 Blower Bentley that Bentley is bringing to the Quail Rally. The supercharged 4 1/2 Litre was a 400hp powerhouse back in the day, winning many races for the Bentley Boys. The Blower Bentley will be found around the entire weekend along side it’s modern-day counterpart, the Mulsanne Speed.
One aspect of Monterey Auto Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that is such a draw are the auctions of collectible classic and vintage automobiles. This year there are five classic Bentleys are being auctioned by RM Auctions between Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th.
- 1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Two-Seater Sports in the style of Vanden Plas (presale estimate: $4,500,000 – $5,500,000) more information available here.
- 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner (presale estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,200,000) more information available here.
- 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward (presale estimate $900,000 – $1,200,000) more information available here.
- 1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward (presale estimate: $150,000 – $200,000) more information available here.
- 1931 Bentley 4-Litre Tourer by Vanden Plas (presale estimate: $500,000 – $650,000) more information available here.
Check back with us next week as we’ll be covering the auction results. Anytime one of the pre-war cars, like the ’31 4 1/2 Litre above, goes to auction, it’s bound to bring huge money. However, we’re really interested in the ’53 R-Type Continental. Only 208 coupés were made and the last one broke $1mm without being restored. Depending on the crowd, this car could set a new record for the car that inspired today’s Continental GT.