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Lot 051: Bentley Turbo R

Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (22 October 2008)

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1982, the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo marked the return of the legendary 'Blower Bentley' and restored the high performance image of the marque with its prodigious power. Fitted with a Garrett AiResearch turbocharger, the venerable 6.75-litre V8 now pumped out 300bhp and could propel the Bentley's considerable bulk to 60mph in less than 8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 135mph. In truth this towering performance was rather more than the chassis could handle and, in 1985, the Mulsanne platform was upgraded to Turbo R spec with stiffer damping and springing, better location for the rear subframe, more precise steering and alloy wheels with lower profile tyres. Under the bonnet, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection replaced the old Solex carbs which, combined with various other tweaks, upped engine power to 330bhp and a staggering 480lb/ft of torque  sufficient to hurl the brute to 60 in less than 7 seconds and 143mph flat out. No wonder Jeremy Clarkson likened the driving experience to "riding a brontosaurus  bareback!" Up front, new quad headlamps gave the car a more modern look while the interior remained as sumptuous as you would expect for 100,000 with a revised dashboard that now housed a rev-counter. Few cars were  or are  better suited to fast long-distance touring. First registered in August 1989, this car looks very striking in red with a cream hide interior and is said to be in very good condition throughout and to drive beautifully. It has a fully stamped up service history to 60,965 miles with nine services up to that point, all by main agents, and is now showing less than 75,000 miles on the clock. It comes with its original owner's handbook, various old MOTs and bills and is currently MOTd until April 2009.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number051
Estimate£10000-£13000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1989
Condition rating
Registration numberA9 DYN
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCBZR04AOKCH27582
Engine number68350L410IT/I
Engine capacity (cc)6750
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors