Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

WANT a gen­uine bul­let-proof in­vest­ment? Look no fur­ther than the 1985 Bent­ley Mul­sanne Turbo Saloon at Shan­nons Mel­bourne Sum­mer Auc­tion on De­cem­ber 5.

Orig­i­nally de­liv­ered in 1985 to the Lon­don Em­bassy of Qatar for Sheikh M A Bin Khal­ifa Al-Thani, the oth­er­wise unas­sum­ing Bent­ley is one of just 496 tur­bocharged vari­ants of the Mul­sanne Turbo built.

But among its fea­tures are bul­let­proof win­dows – 40mm thick – and 10mm of body ar­mour plat­ing, plus an au­to­matic fire ex­tin­guish­ing sys­tem to pro­tect its royal oc­cu­pants.

Those fea­tures were never called into use and the Bent­ley ar­rived un­scathed in Aus­tralia in 2010.

De­spite its com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion, which has taken the Bent­ley’s weight to more than four tonnes, Shan­nons say the Mul­sanne Turbo re­mains a spir­ited per­former.

With just 39,980 miles (about 64,000km) on its odome­ter the car should ap­peal to Bent­ley en­thu­si­asts and ar­moured ve­hi­cle col­lec­tors.

Of­fered with ‘no re­serve’, it is ex­pected to sell in the $14,000-$18,000 range.

This Bent­ley is the ul­ti­mate in oc­cu­pant safety.

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