30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 24

1997 Bentley Turbo RT
1 of only 252 examples produced

Sold for £10,688

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: R321 UDD
Chassis No: SCBZP23C6WCH66333
MOT: August 2023

  • 1 of only 252 Turbo RTs manufactured during the 1997 to 1998 production run
  • Formerly owned by the 11th Viscount Cobham
  • 81,600 miles (at the time of consignment), with six former keepers (two from the same family)
  • Benefitted from new head gaskets in 2020 by Prestige Services costing over £6,000

Introduced for the 1995 model year, the 'new' Bentley Turbo R was little changed outwardly, however, its turbocharged 6,750cc V8 engine employed a more sophisticated Zytek EMS3 management system. Developing 385bhp and 553lbft of torque, the unit was somewhat tamed by the adoption of ETAS (Electronic Traction Assistance System) in 1996. Available from autumn 1997 onwards, the 1998 model-year RT borrowed various mechanical features from its Continental T sibling and could thus boast 400bhp and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft. Visually distinguished by a mesh grille and mesh inserts to its colour-coded bumpers, the turbocharged Bentley could accelerate from 0-60mph in six seconds and attain 155mph flat out. The RT models were fitted with an active ride suspension system, 'easy-entry' tilt steering wheel, and galvanised zinc coating to the underside. Only 252 RTs were produced between 1997 and 1998.

Manufactured in 1997, the Turbo RT offered was first registered in the United Kingdom on the 17th of September that year and is thought to have been supplied new via Broughtons of Cheltenham. Finished in the attractive colour combination of Peacock Blue with Ivory leather interior upholstery, the Bentley was formerly the property of 11th Viscount Cobham (John William Leonard Lyttelton). Entering current family ownership (father and son, equating two keepers) some three and a half years ago, ‘R321 UDD’ has had just six former keepers and has covered 81,600 miles from new at the time of consignment.

Benefitting from much improvement before entering into current family ownership, the Bentley most recently received handbrake remediation work (in 2018), a new alternator belt, brake pumps re-sealing, rear brake discs and pads, and a new battery (in 2019). Further enhanced since entering the current residence, the RT has been provided head gaskets in 2020 by Prestige Services (costing over £6,000), wooden interior trim refurbished as required, and a new starter motor. ‘R321 UDD’ is offered with a history file that includes the owner's handbook; a large selection of MOTs dating back to 2002; a very large collection of invoices (including ten servicing invoices from main agents and specialists); documentation relating to the Viscount Cobham's ownership; and a current V5C. A new battery was fitted in August this year. Intended purchasers should note that there is currently an airbag light showing on the dashboard, and the central locking is temperamental on the key fob.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 29th November 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 30th November 2022 from 9am

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