1984 BENTLEY Mulsanne TurboView vehicle description
Built between 1980 and 1992, the Bentley Mulsanne is named after the famous straight line of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, the Mulsanne Straight. A special place for the British firm that won this race five times between 1924 and 1930.
The heart of the Mulsanne is the famous 6.75L V8. In use since 1959 and mated to a venerable three-speed automatic transmission, the Mulsanne's engine is more about torque than horsepower, moving its occupants in considerable luxury.
Bentley and Rolls-Royce were known for not announcing the exact power of their engines, simply stating that their naturally aspirated engines offered ‘enough’ performance.
The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo was introduced in March 1982 at the Geneva Motor Show. The addition of a Garrett turbocharger now allowed the Mulsanne to reach 100 KPH in just 7 seconds, before reaching 217 KPH as a top speed. All this in the comfort, silence and composure that the brand has always offered its customers. This turbocharged V8 evolution was only available from Bentley, setting it apart from its Rolls-Royce sibling with its single naturally aspirated engine.
Only 520 Bentley Mulsanne Turbos were built until 1985, marking the return of the 'Silent Sport Cars'.
Sold new in Switzerland on 26 September 1984 in Zurich, this Bentley Mulsanne Turbo was finished in Dark Oyster Grey with a black leather interior. It arrived in France in 1991, in the hands of its second owner who kept it for only two years before selling it to its current owner in 1993. It has been in the hands of this third owner for almost 30 years.
Acquired with around 70,000 kilometres, it was regularly maintained by Bentley specialists Franco-Britannic Automobiles, Garage Sauzeau and Jacques Savoye.
With 136,010 kilometres at the time of photography, it has been used infrequently but regularly over the past 30 years. The usual services (oil changes, brake pads...) were carried out by its owner, a wise collector.
It is because of its infrequent use that this Bentley Mulsanne Turbo with its clear history is now offered for sale.
On the Outside
The dark grey metallic bodywork is largely in original condition. It is in good condition and shows some minor age-related defaults, such as chips and other minor scratches. A few rust spots are visible on the lower part of the car, notably on the sills, these are not structural but would deserve to be repaired in a short or medium term. The chromes are complete and in good condition, but a polish would make them shine again. The rims keep their original hubcaps, matching the body paint. The tyres are Avon Turbosteel, which, although not very worn, should be replaced due to their age. The headlights are in good condition, without chips or cracks, including the two optional fog lights. The alignment of the doors, bonnet and boot is completely in line with the original and shows no sign of a previous accident.
On the Inside
The luxurious black leather interior is completely original.
There are no major defects, only slight traces of use which can be corrected by cleaning and nourishing the leather. The woodwork still looks good, the varnish, slightly micro-scratched, is not missing or cracked. The chrome and plastic parts are in good condition, as is the steering wheel. The roof lining is flawless and still has a nice tight fit. Overall, the interior reflects the mileage of this car, which has been used regularly without ever being abused.
The undercarriage is in original, sound condition, with only a few traces of surface corrosion, which is usual on a car of this age that has not been restored. A few traces of oil leaks are visible around the crankcase, but nothing that seems alarming or abnormal for a car of this age. The exhaust shows no deterioration other than surface rust and no evidence of leakage.
The engine compartment is beautifully presented. Only a bit of paint is missing on the suspension covers. The bonnet soundproofing needs to be fixed back in place, but it is there. The whole car seems well maintained. The carburettor, particularly difficult to find, was recently replaced by a new part. The identification plates, the chassis stamp and various stickers are present in their original places.
The offered Bentley Mulsanne Turbo was delivered new in Switzerland via Schmohl & Co. AG. It had a second French owner from 1991, who, as a friend of the present owner, sold it to him in 1993. Regularly used, which has kept it in good working order, it now has just over 136,000 kilometres. It has recently passed a technical inspection with only minor defects.
What We Think
The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo is a real driving sofa, a performance car capable of swallowing motorway miles at unreasonable speeds. Yet it is currently offered at a relative value compared to the excellent qualities it offers. British phlegm at the price of a new city car. Sold with its original documentation and a large file of invoices, this is a car with a clear history that only requires a little care to make it a daily-driver of choice!
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