Lot 142 - 1989 Bentley Turbo R
|Odometer reading||23,000 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £23,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced from 1985 to 1997 with a total of 7230 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 carburettors.
This one-owner Bentley was originally registered on 12th May, 1989 and has covered only 23,000 miles during its 28 years on the road. With 19 stamps in the service book, no expense has been spared in keeping this Turbo R in virtually new condition. The green coachwork is unmarked as is the sumptuous interior. With ample legroom and what seems like a never ending supply of power, this Turbo R is an exceptional car to drive or be driven in. Supplied with the original service books, a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate valid until 4th January, 2018, this is without doubt a splendid example of one of Crewe's finest creations.