In 1995, the all-new Bentley Azure Convertible was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show, with seductive styling by Pininfarina in collaboration with Bentley’s design team. Transcending Bentley’s long-established tradition for luxury and refinement, the Azure was a true “iron fist in a velvet glove” as the world’s most powerful four-seat convertible upon debut. Based upon the Continental R and its turbocharged and intercooled 6.75L V8 engine, the Azure delivers 420hp and an amazing 645 pounds-feet of torque. Such impressive numbers propel the nearly 6k-pound Azure from rest to 60 mph in under six seconds, en route to a top speed of 150 mph – a remarkable achievement! As expected, production was limited – just 1,321 cars between ‘95 and ‘03, a heady period that would include development of the Speed 8 prototype racer, which was famously victorious at the 2003 edition of the storied 24-Hours of Le Mans.
This beautiful and rare “first series” 2001 Bentley Azure is fresh to market with just 25,570 original miles. One of only 194 units produced in 2001 at the Rolls-Royce/Bentley factory in Crewe, England, it features wonderful Light Oyster paint over Cream Connolly leather and far too many features and amenities to list here. Originally costing an astounding $350k when new in 2001, this Azure thankfully benefits from a recent investment of $20k in service work addressing the convertible top hydraulics and brakes, with all work reported to have been completed at Beverley Hills Bentley and the marque experts at Muller & Goss in Santa Barbara, CA.
The Azure has yet to populate collector car price guides and they are rare offerings in today’s market. However, they do appear from time to time with “highline” used-car dealers. The closest comparable sale we could locate on Bring a Trailer was a 2001 model that sold in 2018 for $54,500. Of interest (primarily to Bentley fans), our subject 2001 Azure is of historical importance as one of the last hand-assembled automobiles to roll out at the old Crewe, UK Rolls-Royce/Bentley factory, while our subject is a stunner, and it celebrates a true end of an era in motoring history. Pininfarina-tweaked styling is gorgeous, and the car stands ready to deliver an incomparable modern classic experience on all counts. Pricing is in line with what we believe a quality low-mile first-series Azure should go for, and it benefits from comprehensive service work in preparation for its current sale offering. If you’re in the market for a very fine modern Bentley, we consider this one fair market at or near the seller’s asking price.