Lot 226 - 1990 Bentley Turbo RL
|Odometer reading||95,942 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
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 stunning Turbo RL was originally commissioned by Sir Elton John and delivered to him in October 1990. The Fern green coachwork is in superb order and the parchment interior virtually unmarked. Bentley’s are synonymous in terms of luxury and comfort, however Sir Elton specified the fitment of picnic tables to the rear, cocktail cabinets and an electric rear seat. Birds eye maple wood was also specified which matches the colour combination extremely well. The current vendor has enjoyed this Bentley for the last 15 years and has clearly looked after her exceedingly well. Presenting in excellent all-round condition and reported to drive with no known faults, this imposing long wheel base Bentley is supplied with a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate valid until 29th June 2018 and a good history folder, confirming the vendor has spent over £15,000 on her between July 2008 and June 2016. A perfect car to be driven in or to enjoy the outstanding performance from the driver’s seat.
Interested parties please note; the badges will be retained by the vendor.
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