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Gateway Classic Cars of Tampa is excited to offer this triple black first generation 1997 Bentley Azure. This V8 convertible Bentley is ready to cruise the streets and turn heads while doing it. This car has tons of life left with under 27k actual documented miles. The Azure debuted in March 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show on the platform of the Continental R model, which had been originally launched in 1991. Production only crept to a start, with a mere nine examples finished in the first year in 1996, after full production had started, no less than 251 Azures were finished.1 Pininfarinaassisted in the two-year process of turning the Continental R into a full four-seater convertible, and also built the shell and soft-top at their factory in Italy, largely from parts sourced in the UK. Final assembly was then carried out at Crewe. A roll-bar was never considered, which necessitated extensive reinforcing of the chassis.2 At 210 in (5,340 mm) in length and 5,750 pounds (2,610 kg) in weight, the Azure often surprised onlookers with its size and bulk, intended to both convey a sense of presence and allow for comfortable seating of four adult passengers. Power came from the companys stalwart 6.75-litre V8, featuring a single, intercooled Garrett turbocharger and producing in the region of 360 hp Rolls-Royce and Bentley did not yet give official power numbers at the time of the Azures introduction.3 By the time production began in earnest, new engine management from Zytekmeant a slight power increase to 385 hp (287 kW; 390 PS) at 4,000 rpm and 750 N m (553 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm; power was routed to the rear wheels via a modified, General Motors sourced, four-speed automatic transmission. With a zero to sixty miles per hour time of 6.3 seconds (0 100 km/h in 6.5 s) and a top speed of 241 km/h (150 mph),4 the Azure was very fast for a car of its size, weight and poor aerodynamic profile. Owing to the limited space and workforce at Bentleys Crewe factory, the Azures thick, powered convertible top was designed and manufactured by Pininfarina, which significantly added to the vehicles cost. New in 1995, the Azure was priced at $347,645 $36,355 more than the Continental R on which it was based. From 1999 until the end of production, the Azure was also available in Mulliner trim, which added special bespoke trim and additional equipment and allowed the buyer the option for further customization during the build-process; pricing varied by car, as equipment could be significantly different from one to the next depending on customer requests. This 1997 Bentley Azure convertible is listed for sale in our Tampa Showroom and can be viewed in greater detail including 100+ HD pictures and an HD video at www.GatewayClassicCars.com. For additional information, please call our knowledgeable staff at (813)645-6200 or email us at Tampa@GatewayClassicCars.com. If you would like to see it in person, come to our Tampa Showroom, located at 351 30th Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM EST See more at: http://www.gatewayclassiccars.com/TPA/1286/1997-Bentley-Azure
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