For Sale: 2005 Bentley Continental in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

In the last couple decades, Bentley has been dominating the ultra-luxury market in a very big way, and cars like this 2005 Continental GT are the reason why. Born from the short-lived VW Phaeton, it's the ultimate in both performance and luxury. Featured in slick Beluga black paint and lots of bling, it's certainly not subtle, but if you're the kind of guy who kicks in a door to announce your arrival, this is your car. A low-mileage, time-capsule exotic with unrivaled speed and style for a fraction of the original retail price, is this even real? Don't adjust your screen, because this GT definitely is, and we can't believe it ourselves.

With just two doors and a close-coupled body, you are nevertheless struck by its presence-this sucker is big! But there's power in every curve, from the broad front end filled by those iconic mesh Bentley grilles to the gracefully bunched rear quarters that look like a big cat ready to pounce. Finish quality, as you'd expect, is extraordinary, with nary a blemish in the surface that was hand-rubbed by the artists in Bentley's state-of-the-art factory. Every panel is carefully fitted and if any part doesn't measure up to their demanding quality standards, it's pulled and replaced before the car even goes out the door. As a result, you will be surprised by how easily the big doors open, how well they seal up, and how amazingly smooth the car is overall. For nearly $170,000 when it was new, I guess that kind of extraordinary craftsmanship should be expected. Even so, you aren't prepared for how nice this car really is in person. Sure, it's had some miles on the clock and there are a few very minor signs of age and use, but nothing near what the mileage would indicate. Even after 18+ years, this is still the nicest car on the block pretty much anywhere it goes.

That goes double for the interior, which is covered in acres of Hotspur red leather and lots of individually mirrored and unbleached Burr Walnut wood veneer on the dash fascia and console. These ultra-soft premium hides are amazingly comfortable and the seats underneath are supportive enough for the dramatic sporting moves this Bentley delivers. There are a few incredibly small signs of use (the leather can't be both that soft and completely impervious to wear, although you have to really stretch to find anything to complain about inside this cabin), and thanks to a set of durable floor mats, the black wool carpets are in exemplary condition. Always meant to be a driver's car, there's a complete array of instrumentation with big, legible analog dials and lots of technology that makes life easier without being obtrusive. All the shiny bits are real metal that's been chrome plated like it was going on a Pebble Beach show car, and every switch and lever feels hefty, so the quality is literally tangible in everything you touch. That beautiful steering wheel is hand-stitched and features multi-functions at a finger-length reach, there's a Breitling branded timepiece in the center of the dash, and all that beautiful Hotspur leather on the headliner, center console, and dash is as high-end as the hand-stitched hides on the seats. The back seats are just as sporty and fit two people comfortably, and the trunk was built with cross-country travel in mind, beautifully finished and very spacious.

You'll delight in the way the 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine seemingly defies the laws of physics. Nothing this big should be this fast, but with continuous all-wheel-drive and a quick-witted 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift facility, this is a heavyweight that can humiliate anything this side of a ZR1 Corvette, and even then, it's fast enough to keep things interesting. It hurtles ahead like a cannonball, the power so smooth that you aren't aware of how fast you're going until you're well into felony territory, and just then the rear Aerofoil automatically deploys and practically taunts you to hit the throttle a little harder. Bentley engineers also managed to endow it with exemplary road manners and handling that's the equal of its acceleration thanks to a top-of-the-line air suspension with manual driver adjustment for ride height and damper settings, and the power disc brakes are some of the largest ever fitted to a production car. And thanks to VW engineering behind it, it turns out that these are some of the most reliable supercars ever built. Blacked-out 20-inch wheels carry equally massive Goodyear performance rubber that plant the power quite effectively, and my goodness do the look slick.

With great care throughout the years, this well-preserved and maintained Continental GT is available for a fraction of its original sticker price. If any ultra-luxury exotic has ever been considered a screaming bargain, this is it. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 2005 Bentley Continental
  • Listing ID: CC-1681710
  • Price: $56,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:2005
  • Make:Bentley
  • Model:Continental
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:34007
  • Stock Number:5940-DFW
  • VIN:SCBCR63W05C023941
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Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137

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