Lot 390 - 1988 Bentley Turbo R
|Odometer reading||13,610 miles|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
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 it 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 fabulous Bentley was supplied by the world-famous dealer Jack Barclay of Mayfair, London. This low mileage example is as impressive today as it was over 30 years ago when first registered. The red coachwork is in good order and is complemented by an ample and comfortable Magnolia leather interior. The deep rich walnut wood is in good condition and plentiful supply in this superb example. E298 LUC is supplied with a V5C registration document and a full years MoT test certificate, together with a history folder containing a stamped service book and various invoices and previous MoT test certificates. Potential buyers should note that this Bentley had a speedometer change at 21,788 miles in November 1993 making the current mileage 35,398 miles. In spite of very little use in the current owners three year tenure, this Bentley fired into life when requested. A Bentley Turbo R is a superb car to drive with outstanding levels of performance and comfort to match.