1996 Bentley Turbo R

Highlights


  • Highly impressive styling with imposing Bentley grille
  • Attractive 90s bodywork with maroon colour scheme
  • Cream leather upholstery with wood veneer dashboard and red velour carpets
  • Extensive recent mechanical work


The Appeal


The Bentley Turbo R was something of an icon of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It represented aspiration and upward mobility, and was the reward you might choose for yourself if you were able to ride the free market tidal wave of the time, with a pleasant dose of the brand's luxurious heritage coupling in style with the boxy shapes of 90s automobiles. The result is a truly beautiful piece of kit - a roaming gentleman's club.

Here we are offering a Turbo R from a much-cherished small private collection, and is presented in very good condition. It benefits from having a whole host of mechanical and electrical work carried out in recent years to keep it in fine fettle, something supported by an enormous history file and a clear MOT.

The interior is a very pleasant place to be and the smart maroon metallic paintwork finishes off the car superbly. Nearly thirty years on, this is still an utterly alluring car. 


The History and Paperwork


  • First registered in August 1996
  • MOT valid until July 2023
  • No MOT advisories
  • V5C in owner’s name
  • Extensive history file
  • Showing 83,000 miles
  • Part of a much-loved private collection


The Interior


  • With its impressive fusion of colours and materials, this is a highly luxurious cabin
  • Cream leather upholstery with contrasting piping, red velour carpets and walnut veneers
  • Leather in beautiful condition with no rips or tears
  • Burr walnut dashboard, centre console and door cappings with no major faults
  • High quality chrome dashboard switches, pleasingly tactile and in working order
  • Thick red carpets in excellent condition, adjoined with polished sill plates
  • Driver’s seat showing slight signs of age with a soft patina
  • Headlining clean and secure
  • Cavernous boot in clean condition
  • Spare wheel and tool kit present

The Exterior 


  • Fusing together boxy 90s styling with classic-era glamour, the Turbo R is a real beauty
  • Maroon metallic paintwork in good condition with no major faults we can discern
  • A few minor paint chips and scratches, as expected on a car of this age
  • We can't spot any dings or dents to the bodywork, which appears to be tightly knit
  • Winged ‘B’ radiator mascot in pride of place
  • Exterior chrome, plastic and rubber fittings appear to be well preserved
  • Door shut lines look to be straight
  • Alloy wheels in good condition
  • Tyres said to retain good tread
  • Underside of vehicle said to be in excellent condition, with no corrosion reported 


The Mechanics 


  • Highly impressive 6¾ litre turbocharged V8 engine  
  • Radiator and thermostat replaced in 2020
  • Transmission serviced in 2020
  • Injector O-rings replaced and air intakes cleaned in 2020
  • Alarm unit replaced in 2019
  • £4,000 service in 2016, including suspension and brake overhaul, welding, electrical servicing, replacement fuel pipe and much more
  • Work carried out in 2021 to rectify MOT advisory points, now with an advisory-free MOT 
  • Engine bay is clean and well kept, with no signs of leaks or corrosion and all Bentley branding in good order
  • No reports of any mechanical faults to the car
  • Reportedly starting, shifting, braking and running exactly as you'd expect

Summary


Clearly this Bentley has been well looked after, with invoices for thousands of pounds of work carried out in the past few years. The long advisory-free MOT certificate inspires confidence that this car can be driven as its designers intended - at speed while cocooning the driver in fabulous luxury. This fantastic piece of ‘90s nostalgia has aged beautifully, and would be a wonderful addition to any driveway or garage, with the lucky custodian getting a much-cherished opportunity to take on a real icon of the era.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1996
  • Make Bentley
  • Model Turbo R
  • Colour Maroon metallic
  • Odometer 83,000 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Morriston
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
33 bids
  • de•••• £12,500 26/03/23
  • de•••• £12,250 26/03/23
  • ex•••• £12,000 26/03/23
  • ex•••• £11,750 26/03/23
  • gl•••• £11,500 26/03/23
  • be•••• £11,250 26/03/23
  • ex•••• £11,000 26/03/23
  • be•••• £10,750 26/03/23
  • ex•••• £10,500 26/03/23
  • be•••• £10,250 26/03/23

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