Lot 215: Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
The new Bentley promised to epitomise the very spirit of Bentley motoring by offering ample performance combined with complete comfort. The Mulsanne (after the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans) shared the traditional 6.75 litre Rolls-Royce V8 with aluminium alloy cylinder heads, which breathed through two SU carburettors. The SU's were replaced by Bosch fuel injection on all cars from 1986. A new level of achievement was represented by the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo, when it appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1982. Attention to performance engineering was documented by a 50 increase in power without increase in engine speed. The very solid 6.75 litre engine's basic design proved to stand the boost of a Garrett AirResearch turbocharger with no stress - the power plant had of course benefited from Rolls-Royce's legendary 'Attention to Detail'. The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo offered really crisp acceleration. Driver and passengers were coveted for in a unique environment dominated by a highly polished walnut veneered fascia, blemish-free leather and carpets and headlining of pure wool. A colour coded radiator shell , light alloy wheels and 'Turbo' labels attached to boot and front wing flanks distinguished the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo from the basic Mulsanne. This example is to have been owned by the Imperial Hotel Group of London and there is a note attached to the service history, to show that the car was serviced In House, while in their ownership. The files also include bills and invoices from Bentley and Bentley specialists together with a stamped service booklet. Finished in ocean blue with cream hide, the car is in excellent condition with a particularly fine interior.
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