Lot 260 - 1997 Bentley Turbo R (Long Wheelbase)
|Odometer reading||97,995 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,240|
The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced from 1985 to 1997 totalling 7,230 units in the 12 year production period. The 'R' stood for 'Road-holding' to set it apart from its predecessor, the Mulsanne, courtesy of substantially stiffer anti-roll bar settings, a Panhard rod system and increased damping. Wider tyres on alloy wheels were also a first for a Bentley on the Turbo R. The suspension changes transformed the soft ride of the Mulsanne into that of a real performer with motoring press proclaiming this model to be more faithful to Bentley's racing pedigree. In 1995, a 'new' Turbo R was launched featuring, amongst other things, fuel injection. This contributed towards a mighty 385bhp output.
This locally owned and privately entered Bentley Turbo R was delivered by HR Owen, London on 10th April 1997. One of a total of 2,034 long wheelbase models produced, this model was specified with Cobalt blue coachwork complemented by Parchment hide with royal blue piping and carpets of dark blue lamb's wool with parchment binding. Maintained most recently by its ex-HR Owen engineer owner, the car has enjoyed meticulous upkeep including recent work to suspension and brakes as well as fresh engine, gearbox and brake system fluids. The most recent MoT test certificate was issued in May with no advisories and just 300 miles covered since. The car performs with excellent poise and a velvet power delivery. Gear changes are seamless and the car feels tight and highly capable. The service book contains 13 entries, several of which are by Weybridge Automobiles then a Bentley Dealership here at Brooklands. The car was last serviced in December 2014 with less than 800 miles covered since. A cherished example in excellent condition throughout.
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