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Lot 055: Bentley Turbo R

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (7 March 2012)

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.

Dating from 1990, this particular Turbo R comes in the most appealing colour combination of Brewster Green with a red St James leather interior. The car has had just five owners in all and has covered some 105,500 miles to date with a full service history, all at main agents or specialists. The vendor states that the car is in good all round condition with no corrosion and an excellent interior, although the paintwork on the roof requires attention. It is due to have a fresh MOT before the sale.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE, UK
Lot Number055
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4600
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberNIL 7229
Chassis numberSCBZR04A8LCH33356
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)6750
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors