Bent­ley Turbo R

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

EN­GINE 6750cc/V8/OHV POWER 384bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 553lb ft@3450rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 150mph 0-60MPH 6.0sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 11-16mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 48,400 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The big V8 is muted and re­fined and ac­cel­er­a­tion is as­ton­ish­ing, with no wor­ry­ing me­chan­i­cal noises. It moves cleanly through the gears and kick­down is ef­fec­tive enough from mid­dling speeds to fire the car like a well-ap­pointed missile. The ride is firm but soaks up rough roads ef­fec­tively and silently. The power-as­sisted steer­ing is fairly heavy and not ter­ri­bly feel­some, but there’s no play in the sys­tem. The brakes are as­ton­ish­ing; the car halts al­most dead dur­ing an emer­gency stop.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The pan­els are free from dam­age or cor­ro­sion, and there is an even, deep shine to the British Racing Green paint. Dam­age is lim­ited to a small scratch on the near side door mir­ror and some stone chip­ping on the bon­net. There is no kerb­ing dam­age or flak­ing lac­quer to the al­loy wheels and all four wear deeply-treaded Miche­lin Pi­lot MX 255/55 ZR17 tyres. All ex­te­rior trim, in­clud­ing the chrome door han­dles and aluminium ra­di­a­tor grille, looks like new. The heavy doors close with a sat­is­fy­ing thunk.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The tan leather is close to per­fect – the ex­pected light wear to the driver’s seat shows that it has not been re-coloured. The green Wil­ton car­pet, which has been pro­tected by thick green lamb­swool over­mats since new, is un­touched and the over­mats them­selves are also in fine shape. The match­ing leather across the doors, dash­top and roof looks like new, as do the wal­nut dash and door cap­pings, all of which are un­marked and have a deep shine. There are plenty of elec­tric toys, all of which seem to work, in­clud­ing the steer­ing wheel, which moves away as you turn off the ig­ni­tion and re­turns when you fire it up again. In the boot the spare wheel is still in its bag and the as-new tool kit looks as though it has never been touched.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay ap­pears to have been largely undis­turbed – rou­tine main­te­nance aside – from new. There is no ev­i­dence of leak­ing wa­ter or oil and the car has been ser­viced by sup­ply­ing dealer Jack Bar­clay from new. All pre­vi­ous MoTs are present within the his­tory file and serve to con­firm the low mileage. The motor fires in­stantly and the quiet idle and the air rush­ing through the en­gine bay are the loud­est au­di­ble sounds.

THE CCW VIEW

As the last of the shorter wheel­base Turbo Rs, this is a nicely pro­por­tioned car which has ev­i­dently been well-main­tained and cared for. It drives as it should and its low mileage and over­all con­di­tion sug­gest that this is one of the best of its type cur­rently avail­able. Its pre­vi­ous owner only sold it be­cause of in­creas­ingly strin­gent emis­sions rules in the city he lives in.

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