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Lot 335: Bentley Mulsanne Turbo Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1982, the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo provoked a rash of headlines proclaiming the return of the 'Blower Bentley'. 'In one spectacular leap the men from Crewe have given back the famous marque its true identity and their new Spirit-generation model all the performance it could handle,' declared The Motor. The Turbo was a high-performance development of the normally aspirated Mulsanne, which had been introduced alongside its Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sister car in 1980, the former's evocative name recalling Bentley's heroic, Le Mans-winning exploits of the 1920s. In developing their engine to accept a Garrett AiResearch turbo-charger, Rolls-Royce's engineers had to overcome the inevitable drawback of 'turbo lag', but apart from the necessary complication that this involved, needed to make few fundamental changes to the ruggedly-built 6,750cc V8. Despite its not inconsiderable weight, the Turbo would accelerate to 60mph in around eight seconds and 135mph would be showing on the clock before the limiter cut in. Few cars were - or are - better suited to fast long-distance touring. This Mulsanne Turbo was acquired by its late owner in 1997 and since then has been serviced regularly by highly respected marque specialists P&A Wood, including major work on the steering, suspension, brakes, etc at a cost of 8,000. General work and servicing has also been carried out by Calvert Wells at a cost of circa 3,000, while repairs following minor damage to the front of the car in 1999 were paid for by the insurers. The car is offered with a large quantity of expired MoTs, Swansea V5 document and P&A Wood's 2003 mechanical report and road test.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
Lot Number335
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6900
Condition rating
Registration numberC542 KEP
Chassis numberSCBZN0T00FCH13829
Engine number13829
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4