1997 Bentley Turbo R Long Wheelbase

Guide Price: £18,000 - £22,000


∙Low mileage of just 47,685
∙Full service history
∙Just to owners from new
∙Exceptional condition throughout

The Background

If you’re looking for a luxury three-box saloon that packs more power than is entirely sensible, there is one manufacturer that should be somewhere near the top of your list - Bentley. The slightly madder, more brash brother of Rolls-Royce, Bentley has never shied away from its desire to be associated with speed. The designers at Rolls, for example, would wince if you suggested declaring the preferred induction method of its cars on the car. Bentley, on the other hand, is more than happy to remind you that in some cases, there is a turbocharger at play. 

This car is the Bentley Turbo R, and it’s damn proud of that fact. An evolution of the Mulsanne Turbo, and as such more refined, sharper to drive and mith more accessible power, it’s a luxury freight train of a car. And trust us when we say you’d be pretty damn proud to own this one. Low miles, full history, beautiful condition throughout. They don’t come much more desirable.

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The History

The Bentley Turbo R was a tighter, sharper car than the Mulsanne Turbo before it. It featured alloy wheels (a first for Bentley) and wider tyres. The suspension was improved with greater torsional rigidity thanks to stiffer anti-roll bars and the addition of a Panhard rod and the damping was increased. The engine churned out somewhere in the region of 300bhp with 486 lb ft. It was a monster, but in the best way possible. 

Inside, it was still alden with fine leather, wood and all the luxury modernity one would expect from one of the finest car makers in the world. As you can see from the pictures here, this is indeed one of the most appealing interiors out there. 

This car, which is a later ‘New’ Turbo R (released in ‘95 for the ‘96 model year) is a 1997 build. Finished in metallic blue with cream leather interior, it’s a stunner. It’s also been exceptionally well looked after. Having only had two owners over the course of its life, this Bentley has never fallen from the ‘pride of place’ pedestal. This is reflected in the low mileage of just 47k and by the fact there is full history to back up the pleasing condition. 

The Paperwork

There is a V5 present, as well as an MOT certificate valid until the 22nd of January 2022. There is a full Bentley book pack present, along with all the correct manuals for the fitted car phone, stereo and so forth.

As for the service history of the car, it has lived a life of wanting for nothing. Despite the low mileage, it has been serviced every year without fail, and the book is stamped to support all works carried out. The service history is as follows: 

Rolls Royce Sheffield @ 3,339 on 25/6/1997
Rolls Royce Wolverhampton @ 9,049 on 4/2/1998
Rolls Royce Wolverhampton @ 13,583 on 23/6/2998
Rolls Royce Wolverhampton @ 17,861 on 10/12/2998
Rolls Royce Wolverhampton @ 22,269 on 22/11/1999
Rolls Royce Wolverhampton @ 25,636 on 31/5/2000
Rolls Royce Wolverhampton @ 27,216 on 9/10/2001
Silver Chalice Motor Services @ 33,014 on *unknown date*
Silver Chalice Motor Services @ 35,912 on 11/6/2004
Silver Chalice Motor Services @ 38,247 on 20/6/2006
Silver Chalice Motor Services @ 39,559 on 17/8/2007
Balmoral @ 42,637 on 30/6/2009
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 43,231 on 3/8/2011
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 44,420 on 11/7/2012
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 44,682 on 12/7/2013
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 44,850 on 14/1/2015
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 45,096 on 12/1/2016
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 45,897 on 4/7/2018
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 46,257 on 21/1/2019
Hilton Autogas Centre @ 47,024 on 23/1/2020

The Interior 

Sumptuous leather, expertly veneered wood and electric everything is the order of the day here. Slide in behind the leather-trimmed steering wheel and you’ll revel in delight as you sink into the soft leather seat. Naturally, said seat is heated for those chilly mornings, and also features programmable memory settings. The passenger gets the same luxuries, too. In the back, there is more of the same cream leather with blue piping, and like the font seats, it’s all in excellent condition. There’s not so much of a hint of damage or excessive wear - but then, with only 47k on the clock, this is to be expected. 

Speaking of the clock, the dash is bright, clear and everything functions as it should. The only consideration is a slightly loose central trim panel above the heater controls. Simply a case of some clips having broken. 

There is a delightfully ‘90s stereo in place in the centre of the dash, while in the centre armrest there is another slice of ‘90s in the form of a live car phone. You’ll never use it in the age of 5g, but it’s still a cool thing to have! Sadly the mounts for the phone need attention though. 

The carpets, which are all a rich, deep, blue are all in good order with no wear or neglect to be seen. There is some sign of life on the drivers’ carpet, but that’s to be expected. The door cards are all excellent, to no excessive wear or damage, all the switchgear works and all the door seals are in excellent order. The same can be said of the healdining, which is clear and free of damage. 

Finally, in the boot, the carpets are all good. There is no damp, nothing is damaged, and all the often broken clips and fixings are in good working order. This big Bentley has clearly never been charged with the task of carrying anything unwanted in the boot - it’s like new in there. 

The Exterior 

As you can see from the pictures, this big Bentley Turbo presents very well indeed. The bodywork is arrow straight, and is a celebration of perfect panel lines and fitment. All doors open and close as they should, with no drop to be observed. The metallic blue paint is still as rich and deep as it was back in 1997, and has clearly been cared for over the years. There is no evidence of heavy-handed polishing and the resultant swirls. Instead, there is just lovely, metallic paint that glistens. 

The chrome is in excellent order, including that all-important front grille, which is straight and true. While we’re at the front end, we can report that the lights are all in good order, as are the surroundings. The front bumper - usually a hotbed for road rash - is free of any serious chips or imperfections. A fine example of what low mileage can mean for a vehicle’s aesthetic. 

The alloy wheels are all in good order and show no signs of damage or corrosion, and all four wheels wear healthy rubber. 

It’s quite simply a very well presented car. It’s evident from the first glance that it has been looked after. It looks every bit as good today as it did back in the 1990s. It is, make no mistake, a remarkable opportunity. They don’t come much nicer than this. 

The Mechanics

Given the low mileage and the regular service regime, it goes without saying that this Bentley is in tip-top mechanical condition. The big turbocharged V8 fires on the button, and barks to life with that signature ‘woosh’ of power. It idles happily, with no hunting or coughing. The engine gets to temperature and stays there, with the fans kicking in as they should. 

On the move, the four-speed automatic transmission shifts effortlessly with no hesitation or jerking. The engine, with near 300bhp and all that torque, makes light work of shunting this heavyweight along. The turbo spools quickly, the boost is felt, and the big Bentley gets to speed without question. No smoke, no untoward noise or other histrionics. Just smooth, refined power. 

The steering is as direct as it can be in a Bentley, while the brakes are all in good health and bring the car to halt without drama or any change in direction. Then there is the suspension, which is supple, but while also more than capable of keeping body roll to a minimum. It glides over the imperfections of the road ahead with ease, but doesn’t lose its composure when you show it a bend. 

The Appeal 

Low miles, excellent presentation, impressive history. It’s the classic car trifecta! If you have been after a Bentley but you want one that has a bit of bark, and one that has been lovingly looked after, this is it. It’s in excellent health and as such, represents an opportunity to buy a luxury car with minimal risk. This could be your bit of posh for the price of a new Mondeo. And who doesn’t like the idea of that? It is the epitome of luxury motoring, and it is just a bid away from being yours. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1997
  • Make Bentley
  • Model Turbo R LWB
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 47,685 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
12 bids from 4 bidders
  • igriffi•••• £16,500 06/05/21
  • Simonbo•••• £16,250 06/05/21
  • igriffi•••• £16,000 06/05/21
  • Simonbo•••• £15,000 06/05/21
  • igriffi•••• £14,750 05/05/21
  • davebla•••• £14,500 04/05/21
  • davebla•••• £14,250 04/05/21
  • igriffi•••• £14,000 04/05/21
  • william•••• £13,500 04/05/21
  • davebla•••• £12,750 03/05/21

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