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Lot 434: Bentley Turbo R Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Atomobilia, Bonhams (18 November 2009)

The Turbo R has something that no other manufacturer can emulate: an unmistakable and deeply ingrained quality. Inside, whether at the wheel or reclining in the rear chairs, the aura is unique. This is a jewel of a motorcar, crafted to stand the test of time.'  Sports Car International. Introduced at Geneva in 1985, the Turbo R continued the modern 'Blower Bentley' theme, but with the added refinement of suspension better suited to the car's increased performance. Outwardly the R differed from the preceding Mulsanne Turbo by virtue of its cast-alloy wheels shod with low-profile Pirelli tyres, while inside there was a revised fascia with rev-counter included amongst the comprehensive instrumentation. In a break with Rolls-Royce tradition, power figures were made public for the first time, revealing that the engine produced 320bhp and a staggering 475lb/ft of torque, which on the road translated into a 0-60mph time of around 7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. Described by Autocar magazine as 'an outrageous concoction of sledgehammer performance and sybaritic luxury', the Turbo R remains as formidable now as when it debuted more than 20 years ago. This 1987 Turbo R has been in the current vendor's possession for the past 12 years and dry-stored for the past six. We are advised that it has been kept on blocks, the engine started every two weeks, and only used on the road to go to the MoT station. Only 300-or-so miles have been covered since later-style alloy wheels and new tyres were fitted by JCT 600, Leeds in 2007, while the chassis benefits from Waxoyling carried out earlier this year. Finished in vermilion with red-piped parchment leather interior, the car has covered circa 85,000 miles and is described as in generally very good condition. It is offered with full Bentley service history with JCT 600, Leeds; sundry service/maintenance invoices; a quantity of expired MoTs; current road fund licence; MoT to August 2010; and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Atomobilia
Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
TypeCar
Lot Number434
Estimate£10000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£10925
Year1987
Condition rating0
Registration numberE542 PDC
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCBZS070XHCH21293
Engine number61319L410IT/8
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4