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Lot 37: Bentley Turbo R

Collectors Motor Cars, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (21 September 2011)

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 January 1989, this particular car has had just three owners from new and has covered a mere 46,000 miles to date. Looking most sporting in red with a cream hide interior piped in red and piano black woodwork, it also has privacy glass, satnav, and a DVD system with screens in the backs of the front seat headrests. New front brake discs and pads have recently been fitted. Complete with all its original handbooks and a good service history, it is taxed and MOTd until the end of the year and looks a most tempting prospect at guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors Motor Cars
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, The Imperial War Museum, Duxford
TypeCar
Lot Number37
Estimate£11000-£13000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1989
Condition rating
Registration numberF555 WCW
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCBZR04A7KOH25893
Engine number66434L4101T/1
Engine capacity (cc)6750
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors