Lot 181 - 1997 Bentley RT
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,600|
- Low mileage example
- Most desirable colour combination
A new Bentley Turbo R model was introduced in 1995. Changes included Zytek fuel injection and appearance modifications. In 1996 production of the short wheelbase Turbo R ended, leaving only the model hitherto sold as the Turbo RL , now known simply as the Turbo R. For 1997, the Turbo R was replaced by the sportier Turbo RT. The Bentley Turbo RT was the last, rarest, most powerful and most expensive of the Turbo R line. The Bentley RT came with the 400bhp turbo, 6.75 litre, V8 engine of the Bentley two-door Continental T installed. It is visually differentiated from other Bentley Turbo R models by its sport wheels, colour coded grille slats and colour coded bumpers. Performance was 'sufficient' with a top speed limited to 150mph; the ultra luxurious Turbo RT was nearly as fast as the sporting German luxury saloons of the time. The car's base price was £132,000, roughly £40,000 more than the Turbo R and was manufactured during 1997 and 1998 only with just 252 units produced.
This fabulous example of this highly desirable model is presented, in what must be the most sought after, colour combination of metallic blue with cream leather interior and blue piping. Accompanying this car comes with original manuals, toolkit and blue lambswool over carpets. The car will come to auction with a new MoT test certificate and contained within the history file are various invoices and old MoT test certificates. This is an outstanding example which is still a joy to not only drive but enjoy the experience of being a passenger, surrounded by the odours of a library full of leather bound books and a ride quality synonymous with such a prestigious marque.
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