Lot 217 - 1997 Bentley Turbo R Long Wheelbase
|Sold - £15,000
- Only 53,500 miles from new
- In private collection last ten years
Based on the Mulsanne chassis, the Bentley Turbo R was built to be a serious high-performance machine, and like its predecessor, this Bentley had a turbocharged engine, however, the R was more highly tuned and a touch sportier. With Bosch fuel-injection increasing torque levels, uprated suspension, anti-roll bars, and superior dampers, the Bentley Turbo was surprisingly nimble for a car of its size and fitted with a 6750cc V8 capable of 135mph, it was a real performer in a straight line too. Rave reviews in the press helped dealers move the Turbo R in relatively substantial numbers, one report by Motor Trend described it as ‘The first Bentley in decades deserving of that famous name’. The suspension changes, though seemingly subtle, transformed the heavy car into a real performer and slotted above the Bentley Mulsanne S and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and it carved a well-deserved niche in the world of performance saloons.
This very good Bentley Turbo R long wheelbase was supplied by Jack Barclay of Barclay Square, London in May 1997 and has covered a mere 53,500 miles since. This is confirmed by the stamped service book which shows it being regularly serviced by Jack Barclay, H. R. Owen and P & A Wood up to 2008 and the MoT history. The current owner purchased this Bentley about ten years ago, he put the car in his private collection and used it sparingly, covering less than 2,000 miles during his ownership. Finished in black with a beige leather interior, this Turbo R long wheelbase is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2024 and the handbook containing the service records. These magnificent machines were one of the finest ever manufactured at Crewe and are fast becoming recognised as such.
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