First and last chassis number
First chassis number: SCBVH99C8RCH00480 (1994).
Last chassis number: SCBVH99C4TCH00497 (1996).
Characteristics and peculiarities
- The Sultan of Brunei attended the 1994 Geneva Motor Show where the Bentley Java concept car was shown. Although the model was not a production car, he ordered many.
- The production included 6 convertibles, 6 estates and 6 coupé's. The specifications were the same for all Java cars, apart from body configuration and colour.
- The Bentley Java was designed by of Graham Hull, head of design at Rolls Royce/Bentley, and Roy Axe from Design Research Associates limited.
- The concept car was built on a BMW 5 platform and had a BMW 3.5 litre V8 twin turbo engine with intercoolers and a four-speed automatic gearbox.
- Performance: 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds; top speed in excess of 170 mph (273 km/h), electronically governed to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Production and chassis numbers
This model has the letter "V" on the 4th position, the letter "H" on the 5th position and the digits "99" on the 6th and 7th position in het chassis number. These combinations occur (as far as I know) only at these Java models. The letter "H" on the fifth position in the chassis number indicates a non standard model for selected customers, especially Brunei. The serial numbers at the end of the chassis numbers don't belong to the regular numbers in that model year.
Some chassis numbers
Model year 1994
Model year 1996
The Bentley Java was based upon the concept car that was presented to the public in 1994 and that was never taken into production:
It was also designed as a coupé:
Bentley Java (picture above).
and the Bentley Java in estate edition (picture below).