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Lot 365: Bentley Turbo R Long-Wheelbase Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

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. Bentley's much-improved sports saloon was greeted with approval by Autocar magazine. 'There was a time, not so long ago, when Bentley played a faint second fiddle to Rolls-Royce. That is no longer the case. Rolls-Royce's management now recognises the value of the Bentley name and tradition and has developed the image - along with the sales - to take advantage. In a terribly upmarket way, Bentley is now the enthusiast, high performance partner, and never more so than in the turbo-charged Bentley R.' 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, revealing that the engine produced a 320bhp and a staggering 475lb/ft of torque. Few cars were - or are - better suited to fast long-distance touring. Finished in Ebony Black metallic with black-piped parchment leather interior, this long-wheelbase Turbo R dates from the final year of production and thus represents the model in its ultimate form, incorporating all the many chassis improvements and styling/equipment upgrades. Newly introduced for the 1996 model year, these final generation Turbo Rs were fitted with a Cosworth-developed Zytec engine management system, and like the contemporary Continental R and Azure had a staggering 385bhp on tap. The UK price was an equally breathtaking 137,755. 'CSU 212' comes with a folder containing comprehensive service and maintenance history recording the considerable efforts made to keep it in fine condition, as well as MoT certificates confirming the total recorded mileage of 48,000. Special features include black badging to the radiator, wheels, rear roof panels, etc and a multi-stack CD player. An imposing example finished in a colour reflecting today's tastes, this last-of-the-line Turbo R is offered with the aforementioned file of history, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2013 and Swansea V5 registration document. A tailored car cover is included in the sale.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number365
Estimate£14000-£16000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£15000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£17250
Year1997
Condition rating
Registration numberCSU 212
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCBZP15C5VCH59878
Engine number86846L410M/TiT
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4