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Lot 577: Bentley Turbo R Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (7 December 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. First registered on 10th January 1991, this Turbo R incorporates all the mechanical and other improvements made since the original's introduction, featuring the 330bhp engine, air-to-air intercooler, quad headlights, deeper front/rear spoilers and body coloured side skirts, while the Bosch MK Motronic engine management system enables it to cope with regular unleaded fuel. Acquired by the current vendor in July 2007, the car has enjoyed five previous keepers and been regularly serviced and maintained. Recent work has included the installation of a new steering rack (2008) and fitting new brake pads, handbrake pads, filters and engine mounting rubbers (April 2009). Finished in Old English White with ivory leather interior and Burgundy trim, 'H5 OMT' has covered 110,824 miles and is described as in generally excellent condition, with good bodywork and paint, reliable and driving beautifully. The car is offered with MoT to May 2010 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeCar
Lot Number577
Estimate£10000-£15000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6900
Year1991
Condition rating0
Registration numberH5 OMT
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCBXR04A5MCH34935
Engine number74423L410I/TEL
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4