Lot 23A - 1996 Bentley Turbo R Red Label Short Wheelbase
|Odometer reading||113,000 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,834|
The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced by Bentley Motors Limited. It shared the Mulsanne's chassis, and inherited the turbocharged engine from the Mulsanne Turbo. However, the Turbo R's V8 engine was re-tuned with new Bosch MK-Motronic fuel injection for added torque. It also sported a revised suspension setup and wider tires on alloy wheels, a first for a Bentley. Motor Trend called the Turbo R ""the first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name"" in their review of the car on its introduction to the United States in 1989. The suspension changes, though seemingly subtle, transformed the heavy car into a real performer. Anti-roll bar rates were increased 60% front and 80% rear and tuned dampers were added. A Panhard rod was also introduced, reducing side-to-side movement in corners.
This desirable short wheelbase version has just had one former keeper for the last ten years with regular servicing taking place at William James Motors Ltd, Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists based in Surrey. There are a number of bills to this effect included in the history file. Whilst the official service history does not accompany the car, a print out courtesy of Bentley Motors does. This details annual servicing by a mixture of Jack Barclay, Bentley Manchester and Broughtons of Surrey dating back to 1997 and finishing just last year. Indeed Sunningdale Motors have recently checked the car and pronounced it correct and reliable. The owner's handbook, Bentley assistance service booklet and warranty booklet are held within the history as well as a British registration document and MoT test certificate valid until June next year.
Interested parties should note that the image displayed is a library photograph and the actual car is British Racing Green with a tan interior.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.