Lot 289 - 1995 Bentley Turbo RL Limousine
|Odometer reading||99,654 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced from 1985 to 1997 with a total of 7,230 built in the 12 year production period. The 'R' stood for 'Roadholding', to set it apart from its predecessor, the Mulsanne and also sported a revised suspension with wider tyres on alloy wheels; a first for a Bentley. The suspension changes, although seemingly subtle, transformed the soft and less than well-controlled ride of the Mulsanne into that of a real performer. This was achieved by increasing the anti-roll bar rates in the front and rear and by increasing the damping. A Panhard rod to anchor the rear suspension was also introduced, reducing side-to-side movement in corners. The Turbo R was sold alongside the Mulsanne Turbo for a short time although the Mulsanne was taken out of production in 1985. For the 1987 model year, the Turbo R received anti-lock brakes and Bosch fuel injection replacing the Solex carburetors.
Manufactured in Crewe, this Bentley Turbo RL was delivered to the British Motor Car distributor in San Francisco in May 1995. The car was then taken to renowned US coachbuilder Canepa Designs, where the car was stretched by 48" making this a true limousine in every sense of the word. The conversion was carried out using original factory components and includes a rear facing seat and a privacy partition. No expense was spared in carrying out the conversion and the final bill was $180,000, add to that the $193,000 cost of the car making the total investment of this Turbo RL some $373,000. The car presents in superb condition today, the estimate is a fraction of the original purchase price. Finished in Cobalt blue with magnolia trim and blue piping, with blue Wilton carpets and lambs wool over rugs, this Bentley is ideal for chauffeur hire/ limousine company or maybe you just have a big family.