1997 Bentley Turbo R Saloon  Chassis no. SCBZP14C3VCX59442
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Just over 7,000 miles from new,1997 Bentley Turbo R LWB Saloon Chassis no. SCBZP14C3VCX59442
Sold for US$ 21,850 inc. premium
Lot Details
Just over 7,000 miles from new
1997 Bentley Turbo R LWB Saloon
Chassis no. SCBZP14C3VCX59442
• 6.75-liter V8 motor
• Automatic transmission

• Final year of production, update model
• Ultimate long-wheelbase variant
• Very low mileage example
• US model with books and tools

Introduced at Geneva in 1985, the Turbo R continued the modern 'Blower Bentley' theme, but with the added refinement of suspension better suited to the car's increased performance. Bentley's much-improved sports saloon was greeted with approval by Autocar magazine: 'There was a time, not so long ago, when Bentley played a faint second fiddle to Rolls-Royce. That is no longer the case. Rolls-Royce's management now recognizes the value of the Bentley name and tradition and has developed the image - along with the sales - to take advantage. In a terribly upmarket way, Bentley is now the enthusiast, high performance partner, and never more so than in the turbo-charged Bentley R." Outwardly the R differed from the preceding Mulsanne Turbo by virtue of its cast-alloy wheels shod with low-profile Pirelli tires, while inside there was a revised fascia with rev-counter included amongst the comprehensive instrumentation. In a break with Rolls-Royce tradition, power figures were made public, revealing that the engine produced a 320bhp and a staggering 475lb/ft of torque. Few cars were - or are - better suited to fast long-distance touring.

Finished in Rosewood with maroon-piped Soft Tan leather interior, this long-wheelbase Turbo R dates from the final year of production and thus represents the model in its ultimate form, incorporating all the many chassis improvements and styling/equipment upgrades. Newly introduced for the 1996 model year, these final generation Turbo Rs were fitted with a Cosworth-developed Zytec engine management system, and like the contemporary Continental R and Azure had a staggering 385bhp on tap.

The original build sheet confirms the car was delivered by British Motor Car Distributors Ltd. to its first owner in California and optioned with a black leather steering wheel and veneered picnic tables. Offered with books and tools, this example was acquired by the vendor last year and we are advised it was a one-owner vehicle until that time. Showing an indicated 6,913 miles on the clock at the time of cataloging, the Bentley comes with a Nevada title.

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