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Lot 9 - 1989 Bentley Turbo R

1989 Bentley Turbo R

Sold for £13,050

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: G616THM
Chassis No: SCBZP04A4KCH27705
Mot Expiry: Aug 2006

Introduced at the 1982 Geneva Motor Show, the Mulsanne Turbo signalled a revival in the winged 'B's fortunes. Somewhat raffish when compared to its Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sibling, the Turbo breathed new life into Bentley sales. Indeed in some ways, this glorious automotive wolf in (large) sheep's clothing can be credited with inspiring Bentley's victorious return to Le Mans. With some 300 bhp courtesy of its force fed 6.75 litre V8, the Mulsanne Turbo was reputedly capable of an easy 135mph and 0-60mph in less than seven seconds. Although, for those not wishing to indulge in such prodigious performance, its smooth automatic transmission and supple independent suspension also allowed for more dignified progress. Debuting in 1985, the evolutionary Turbo R variant provided an altogether more focused driving experience. Benefiting from an uprated torque converter, stiffer anti-roll bars and firmer damping, its handling drew considerable praise from the contemporary motoring press.
Finished in dark blue with magnolia leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in very good condition with regard to its engine, automatic gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Presently owned by a former Lord Mayor of London, this imposing Bentley is said to have had four previous keepers and covered 72,980 miles from new. Although scarcely used of late, it has nevertheless been treated to a "full service" and electrics / brake system overhaul. One of the preferred 'quad headlamp' models, it is offered for sale with "full service history", signed copy of the "Best of Britain" book, MOT certificate valid until January 2007 and road tax current until June 30th 2006.


Please note that this vehicle now has the registration number G616THM.

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