Meet the Real Bond Car: 1954 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback — RM Auctions Monaco Preview

As much as we young folks like to think Aston-Martin is the epitome of a Bond car, that was not actually the case the first few times our man slid behind the wheel in Ian Fleming’s novels.

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His preferred coach in at least the first few books is the Bentley Continental R-Type, in black, if we’re not mistaken.

Without quoting any of Flemings work (for lack of time, in honesty); the R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon certainly best matches my memories of his first car-of-choice.

For, you see, Commander Bond was a bit of a lout. He was not a wild driver as much as simply a fast driver who did not want any bother on any border crossing.

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This car matched his playboy cover better than a true sports car, anyway.

He also was not up for the demanding long-distance ride of the contemporary Lotus Seven’s and the like, which were very choppy at high speeds across continents.

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For that relaxed/tense cruise down to Switzerland or Marseilles and back from London, Bond was a Bentley man through and through.

The marque was better-known outside of England in the early 1950s, and the fastest closed-cockpit machine at his disposal.

This Franay-bodied example is one of two made and was the real supercar of the line. With a sloping roof unlike any production cars of the time, it cut a dashing profile at 85-mph-plus; or even stopped for a chat in the shadows.

RM Auctions will sell this beautiful car in Monaco on May 10th of this year, with full details available via the below link.

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Very gracious photo credits to RM Auctions, who are storming the European super-lux Capitols left and right this year since a very exciting Paris 2014 auction this February!

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Mr. Bond would sneer outside, but beam with pride inside to see his original ride revered — a full 60 years later.

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