BUL­LET-PROOF IN­VEST­MENT

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVE WAY -

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.

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