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1994 Bentley Turbo R

Lot No.: 301

Registration: ONZ3990
Chassis Number: SCBZR03C9RCH54633
Engine Number: 8085L410M/TKR
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 6750
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Sold for (£): 6,670

The Bentley Turbo R was based on the Mulsanne chassis, however, the Turbo R was built to be a high performance car. Like its predecessor this Bentley had a turbo charged engine, however it was highly tuned in comparison to the Mulsanne. With Bosch fuel injection to increase torque levels, uprated suspension, anti-roll bars and superior dampers, the Bentley Turbo was surprisingly nimble in the bends for a car of its size. Using a 6750cc V8 capable of 135mph the Bentley Turbo R was a real performer in a straight line too. Although the addition of alloy wheels, a first for Bentley, had some enthusiasts and owners clubs thinking the car was slightly too flamboyant. However 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 the famous name". Released in 1985 the Turbo R was a clear indication that the manufacturer intended to be at the leading edge of the fashionable sports car market. Sales were high enough for production of the Mulsanne to cease, despite the initial intention being for both cars to be produced in alongside each other. Indeed, the Turbo R went on to be one of the best-ever selling cars that either Rolls-Royce or Bentley had ever built. A slight face-lift of the Turbo went ahead in 1989, with the most noticeable changes being the replacement of the two large square front head-lamps with quad round head-lamps giving the car a more sporty and individual look. It was eventually replaced in 1997 by the Bentley Turbo RT, by then a total of 7,230 Turbo R's had been sold.

This Bentley Turbo R was first registered on 11th March 1994 and the registration document states it has had only 1 previous owner from new. The odometer reading is 96,685 miles at the time of cataloguing and no expense has been spared in the maintenance of this vehicle, as detailed with a factory service wallet. It has benefited from an all-important suspension and brake rebuild and has been barely used since. The vendor has enjoyed ONZ3990 as a weekend vehicle and is only selling it due to health issues. Having always been dry stored from new, the bodywork is described as in very good condition and the metallic black paint retains an excellent shine. The cream leather interior has no rips or tears and is in good condition.

Supplied with the original service books, previous MoT test certificates and current MoT until December 2013, this Turbo R is ready for use by its next owner and has been serviced recently. Offered without reserve, this is an opportunity for civilised motoring for a most reasonable outlay.