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Sold for: £43,700
In 1995, Bentley commenced production of the Turbo S, a strictly limited production of just 75 cars for all world markets which consisted of 60 saloons, 13 coupe, and 2 other special models. At 385bhp it was fitted with the most powerful production engine Bentley had ever produced, thanks to a bigger turbocharger, intercooler, Bosch fuel injection and digital ignition. Performance was sensational for an almost 3 tonne car: 0 - 60 in 5.8 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155 mph, and to cope, the cars were fitted with viscous differentials, traction control, and wider tyres on special 17" alloy wheels. The sales brochure for the new Turbo S exclaimed that "For a select few, the Bentley Turbo S provides a driving experience that can only be described as extraordinary". Supplied new to its first owner, the Brunei Royal Household, in May 1995 direct from Bentley Motors Ltd, this car carries engine number 73 of the 75 made. It is finished in original Masons Black with Magnolia hide, whilst also including optional extras such as wiring for radio/telephone, sports style seats, special dark-stained burr walnut throughout, and full privacy glass, all as confirmed by the accompanying copies of the full original build sheets from the Crewe factory. The accompanying service history is equally detailed: first serviced at 844 miles in November 1995 by the Rolls Royce Service Centre of North Acton, London, then Rolls Royce of Park Royal through to 1999, stamping the service book at yearly intervalsregardless of mileage. From 2002 the service book shows the car was serviced at Jack Barclay Bentley Service Centre, first at Nine Elms and latterly at Wandsworth, with later invoices to support. The history file also includes every tax disc since the car was new. The vendor (and second owner) selected this car as being perfect for the Bentley Drivers Club "Europe by Bentley" tour in May this year as it represents luxury travel with incredible performance. Before purchasing the car in late 2013, the current vendor commissioned marque specialist Tim Milbank of Pride & Joy Classic Cars to carry out a full and in depth report, in which he stated that "the car drove well on the road and the low mileage has preserved the paint and leather superbly for a car of this year." He also stated that "the vehicle is sound underneath, the rear is well presented and the original Bentley Motors sticker is still in place." Following purchase, recommissioning work (required due to minimal use over 18 years) was undertaken by Tim Milbank (including the all-important hydraulic service with renewal of the spheres), and also by Phantom Motors, costing in excess of £10,000 before the vendor departed on the 4-week tour in May. The car performed faultlessly and beyond expectation for the 3200 miles, and upon return it not only won its class at the BDC Annual Concours, it also won the award for the Best Crewe Car, the only turbocharged saloon ever to have done so. Presented in lovely condition, ready to be enjoyed, and reading just 16,564 miles, with MOT until February 2015 and tax until June 2015, this exclusive Bentley is surely an investment too good to resist with ‘future classic' status already confirmed.