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Lot 77: Bentley Turbo R

Fine Collectors' Cars, H&H Sales Limited (9 December 2009)

An evolution of the established Mulsanne Turbo, itself derived from the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the Bentley Turbo R was introduced at the March 1985 Geneva Motor Show. Visually distinguished by its front air dam and alloy wheels (a marque first), the newcomer further benefited from stiffer anti-roll bars, recalibrated dampers and sharper steering. Easier and more enjoyable to drive quickly, its superior dynamics sounded the death knell for the older car. Although Bentley was coy about releasing power outputs, other sources suggested that the Turbo R's force-fed 6750cc V8 developed some 320bhp and 455lbft of torque. Equipped with three-speed automatic transmission as standard, the four-door super-saloon was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in under seven seconds and 135mph. Trimmed with the same skill and attention to detail as any other Crewe-built car, its cabin was adorned with thick leather hides, rich wood veneers, polished chrome fittings and plush carpets. Upgraded with Bosch Motronic fuel injection and ABS brakes during 1986, the model was further reworked for the 1989-model year, gaining quad headlamps and an increased 145mph top speed.

This car is the earlier Motronic model but has been visually updated with a four-headlight conversion and deep front spoiler. We are informed that it comes with a good history file including: "original service books containing main dealer and specialist history plus many invoices and MOT certificates dating back to 1994". The vendor describes the coachwork as "very good" and the paintwork as "very good with minor blemishes". He rates the engine, three-speed automatic transmission, interior trim and electrics as "good" before summing up the Bentley as "a nice example in an unusual colour requiring only minor paintwork rectification".

Lot Details
Auction Fine Collectors' Cars
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens
TypeCar
Lot Number77
Estimate£6000-£7000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5060
Year1987
Condition rating0
Registration numberE739TEW
Mileage-
Chassis numberCH21895
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)6750
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2