Bentley has used the Continental name on a number of automobiles since 1952
From 1952 to 1965 always for cars with more powerful engines than used in standard cars installed in lowered chassis provided to coachbuilders for distinctive and distinguished body shapes of specially lightened construction
Bentley Continentals were close-coupled two-door saloons intended for high speed touring and slightly less for comfort. They were named Continental (as with some Rolls-Royces before them) because at the time (until the 1960s) there were no high speed roads of any length on their home territory.
From 1965 and the introduction of the T series with its unitary construction Continental chassis were no longer made available to coachbuilders