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.
RETRACTABLE HARDTOP SOON MAZDA'S all-new MX-5 RF, the retractable The GT models get extra luxuries, hardtop sibling of the famed such as a nine-speaker Bose audio sports car, lands in Australia next February. system with integrated headrest speakers, as well as LED tail-lights
Prices start at $38,550 for the RF, and heated seats. and there's an RF GT from $43,890. The MX-5 RF is powered by the
Specification levels are impressive. 118kW/200Nm Skyactiv 2.0-litre engine As well as the retractable fastback driving the rear wheels via a sixspeed roof, the car also gains a 4.6-inch manual or six-speed automatic colour TFT display, LED headlights transmission. with Adaptive Front Lighting, as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever.
This Bentley is the ultimate in occupant safety.