Notices
 
 

  

  • VW Audi Forum - The # 1 Volkswagen (VW) Group Forum

    VW Audi Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Forum Dedicated to the whole Volkswagen (VW) Group

    VW Audi Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Forum Dedicated to the whole Volkswagen (VW) Group of vehicles including Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche Motor vehicles, Scania and MAN Truck & Bus and Ducati Motorcycles.

    Topics covered include Volkswagen (VW) Group news & reviews, owners gallery, advice and general information on everything related to the Volkswagen group of vehicles

    Including owners and enthusiats of Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche Motor vehicles, Scania and MAN Truck & Bus and Ducati Motorcycles.

     
  • 70 years of Continental – The ultimate grand tourer




    • 70 years since the start of production of iconic R-Type Continental
    • In 1952, the fastest four-seat and most expensive car in the world
    • 208 examples built, one still owned by Bentley
    • Inspirational design DNA and definitive Continental ethos
    • The most celebrated of Bentley’s long line of grand tourers

    Bentley is celebrating 70 years since the start of production of the R-Type Continental – one of the most celebrated cars in the company’s 103-year history, and the first Bentley to wear the Continental name. With only 208 examples produced, the R-Type Continental was as rare a sight in the 1950s as it is today – but it went down in history as a benchmark Bentley, and the embodiment of the brand’s grand touring DNA. Its ethos and its exterior design were the inspiration for the first Continental GT in 2003, and it has inspired Bentley Design teams ever since.

    While the first prototype R-Type Continental (known as ‘Olga’ thanks to its OLG490 registration) was on the road in August 1951, it wasn’t until May 1952 that the car went into production, with customer deliveries starting in June. At the time, it was the fastest four-seat car in the world – a mantle that was picked-up by the modern-day Continental GT in 2003. It was also the most expensive, at £6,928 – nearly four times the 1952 average UK house price.

    The Iconic R-Type Continental


    The brainchild of Chief Projects Engineer, Ivan Evernden and Chief Stylist, John Blatchley, the R-Type Continental was described in period by Autocar magazine as ‘a modern magic carpet which annihilates great distances.’

    Two pre-war coachbuilt specials, the ‘Embiricos’ Bentley and Mk V Corniche, had shown the advantages of improved aerodynamics. In the early 1950s, Ivan Evernden took inspiration from these one-off creations to create a sleek coupé based on the R-Type Bentley saloon.

    The power of the 4,566cc, six-cylinder in-line engine was raised from 140 to 153 bhp, and the transmission featured a higher final drive ratio. The prototype averaged 118.75 mph over five laps (with a best lap of just under 120mph) at the banked Montlhèry track near Paris.

    To keep down to the target weight, coachbuilders HJ Mulliner crafted the bodywork, window frames, windscreen surround, backlight, seat frames and bumpers in aluminium. Even at a pared-down weight, tyre choice was critical; no standard road tyre existed which could carry a two-ton car at speeds in excess of 115 mph, and Dunlop Medium Distance Track tyres were specified.

    The first production model was delivered to its owner in June 1952 and by the time production ended in 1955, 208 R-Type Continentals had been made. Of these, 193 were bodied by HJ Mulliner. Others included Park Ward (four dropheads and two coupés), Franay (five), Graber (three) and Farina (one).

    JAS 949


    The Bentley Heritage Collection is the proud owner of R-Type Continental chassis BC16C, registration JAS 949. ‘JAS’ was built in 1953 and delivered to its first owner, Dr Rowland Guenin of Switzerland in December 1953. It was ordered in Ivory with Red interior and a manual gearbox, a specification it retains today along with the original 4.6-litre engine. Bentley Motors acquired JAS 949 in 2001 and has maintained it in excellent mechanical order while sympathetically preserving its patina. The car is driven regularly and appears frequently on display at the Bentley campus and at events around the world.

    A Modern Interpretation


    All three modern generations of the Continental GT have an exterior design inspired by the R-Type Continental. The elegant ‘power line’ that traces backwards from the front wheel arch, the muscular and defined rear haunch and the gracefully sloping roofline are all modern interpretations of the same features from the R-Type Continental, giving the modern Continental GT the same balance of grace, beauty and powerful stance as its forebear. Likewise, the ability of the modern Bentley to carry four adults with luggage at high speed over long distance in exceptional comfort has its roots in this now 70-year-old masterpiece. The very latest iteration, the Continental GT Speed, adds even sharper dynamic performance to the wide and unrivalled Continental blend of abilities.

    To celebrate the anniversary Bentley has released imagery of the GT Speed together with JAS 949, shot at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 70 years of Continental – The ultimate grand tourer started by stuart View original post
  • VW Audi Forum Insurance


    If you need new insurance or your renewal is due, and you are looking for a good deal then please try the
    VW Audi Forum Insurance Scheme with Chris Knott Insurance

     
  • Recent Forum Posts

    dean warren

    Re: Backup Camera not working

    I brought all this for my 2006 A6 but never fitted it due to CP, now i have Odis it doesn’t worry me as much, its far easier on the 2009 face lifted cars

    dean warren Today, 04:58 PM Go to last post
    quattromark

    Re: Backup Camera not working

    My car is 2006 - however the camera setup was a retrofit - a mix of parts from A6 and Q7!
    It has upto now worked perfect......TBH, not too bothered

    quattromark Today, 04:24 PM Go to last post
    gavinl1967

    A5 Sportback tyre pressure

    Afternoon all.
    I’ve had my 2017 A5 Sportback for a week now and have just had new branded tyres fitted to replace the awful no-brand ones the garage

    gavinl1967 Today, 02:46 PM Go to last post
    A6avantowner

    Re: Crankshaft locking pin - A6 2002 2.5 TDI engine (AYM)

    Thanks Crasher I'll take a look at that. I've got some plates.

    Could that explain the cyclical noise that I've been suspecting is a CV joint

    A6avantowner Today, 02:00 PM Go to last post
    Crasher

    Re: Battery Recommendation

    To be honest, they are all ****, Varta, Bosch, Exide, Yuasa, the lot of them; I have given up and don't know what to recommended. The Varta AGM in our

    Crasher Today, 01:56 PM Go to last post
    mhobson

    Re: A4 2006 3.0 tdi quattro battery removal.

    Yes it was easy to find the long handle on the battery clamp, I wiggled and twisted it for ages, but the clamp would not rise past the steel brace, it

    mhobson Today, 01:47 PM Go to last post
    Crasher

    Re: Crankshaft locking pin - A6 2002 2.5 TDI engine (AYM)

    The two should go together so the cam timing is out. Drop the vac pump off and check the slots line up or if you have the plates, if the plate will go

    Crasher Today, 12:52 PM Go to last post
    Crasher

    Re: A4 2006 3.0 tdi quattro battery removal.

    Yes, only the cabrio and I think an RS model have the brace. The battery clamp 8E0 803 123 C should have a long handle on it. I have a 1.8T 2006 8H in

    Crasher Today, 12:33 PM Go to last post
    JonnyDarcy

    Re: Battery Recommendation

    All opinions gratefully received. Any brands I should avoid perhaps?

    JonnyDarcy Today, 09:54 AM Go to last post
    A6avantowner

    Crankshaft locking pin - A6 2002 2.5 TDI engine (AYM)

    I'm removing the injector pump and need to lock the crankshaft with the locking pin (VAG 3242).

    I removed the oil filler cap and got the

    A6avantowner Yesterday, 11:32 PM Go to last post
    mhobson

    Re: A4 2006 3.0 tdi quattro battery removal.

    I left out that it was a 2006 a4 cabriolet! It seems that crossways bar does not exist on other models

    mhobson Yesterday, 02:57 PM Go to last post
    mhobson

    Re: A4 2006 3.0 tdi quattro battery removal.

    Managed to pull the battery out by brute force but am worried how I will get the securing plate and bolt back into that space, when I try to refit the

    mhobson Yesterday, 02:55 PM Go to last post
    mhobson

    A4 2006 3.0 tdi quattro battery removal.

    Hello, Never in my life before have I ever encountered issues trying to remove a car battery, today all that has changed. Whilst parked in the garage

    mhobson Yesterday, 11:30 AM Go to last post
    Crasher

    Re: Worrying fault codes & MIL light on

    I think VW Classic are just being typically German and not pragmatic “ve mus obey ze orders!”. We have an A4 active tank to do in the morning,

    Crasher Yesterday, 09:59 AM Go to last post
    Pbro

    Re: SD Card reader

    I have just tried the Apple “USB-C to SD Card Reader”

    I went to “media” on the Golf infotainment system and went through the source options.

    Pbro Yesterday, 09:40 AM Go to last post
     
  • Google Ads - One

     
  • Google Ads - Two

     
  • Google Ads - Three

     


 



  


Disclaimer: VW Audi Forum is an "independant enthusiast website", administered in line with guidelines supplied by VAG in the UK, and is in no way related to any of the Worldwide Volkswagen,Audi,Seat,Skoda,Bentley,Bugatti,Porsche or Lamborghini group of Companies. For official up to date information on any of there vehicles, please visit the official websites. Any comments made throughout this website, are the views of the respective poster, and in no way represent the views of the VW Audi Forum Administration, or the worldwide Volkswagen & Audi Group of companies.


VW Audi Forum do not vet and are not responsible for any information which is posted in this forum. All content is viewed and used by you at your own risk and we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information.


Copyright: Certain "words", "phrases" and "Images" used on this website by the Administration are "Copyright" of Volkswagen GB, Volkswagen AG (Germany), Audi GB, Audi AG (Germany), Volkswagen Motorsport GB, Volkswagen Motorsport AG (Germany), Audi Motorsport AG (Germany), Volkswagen Racing GB, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Lamborghini. No image can be replicated by anyone WITHOUT the relevant Companies written permission.


All trademarks and copyrights remain property of their respective owners.

No part of the VW Audi Forum website or forum may be reproduced without written permission from the site administration


PLEASE NOTE - PERSONAL ABUSE, ABUSE AGAINST THIS OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE OR ANY COMPANY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. OFFENDERS WILL BE MODERATED OR EVEN BANNED.


This website and forum are best viewed at a minimum resolution of 1024 by 768.



  



- VW AUDI Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Group Forum - Volkswagen (VW) - Audi - Seat - Skoda - Bentley - Bugatti - Lamborghini - Porsche - Scania - MAN - Ducatti - VW Audi Forum -


- www.vwaudiforum.co.uk - www.vwaudiforum.co.uk -