1995 BENTLEY Turbo S Saloon

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1995 BENTLEY Turbo S Saloon

Background

For those of you looking for a large dollop of British brute and luxury, the car in this listing could be right up your street. Having replaced the Mulsanne Turbo in 1985, the Bentley Turbo R made improvements such as better handling. This was achieved by increasing the front anti-roll bar rates by 100% and increasing the rear by 60%, whilst increasing the damping. Although the Turbo R was to replace the Mulsanne, the two models were sold side-by-side until 1992.

Towards the end of the production, Bentley produced Turbo S, which was released in 1995. Although the plaques in the engine bay suggest build numbers going to 75, 60 were produced – 29 in right hand drive and 31 in left hand drive. Despite weighing almost 2.5 tonnes this vast slice of luxury is able to 62mph in a respectable 6.1 seconds whilst the top speed is limited to 155mph.

This oomph is courtesy of a 6.7 litre V8 engine, which as the name of the model would suggest, is aided by a turbocharger, helping to produce a power output a little over 400hp. This engine used Bosch Motrinic fuel injection and digital ignition derived from Formula 1 technology. The Turbo S also features a viscous differential, traction control and new 255/55WR17 tyres. The Turbo S was meant to be for short wheelbase applications, but due to confusion, build number 1 was actually long wheelbase.

The Vehicle

The Turbo S offered for auction is build number 43, finished in an eye-catching ‘Silica’ with just 29,218 miles on the clock. It comes with two keys, service book with plenty of stamps, and a plethora of MOT certificates. Speaking of MOTs, the next one isn’t due until June next year and every previous one has passed with no advisories. Including the current owner this Turbo S has been enjoyed by just 2 owners.

The V5C does state two former owners, but the original owner sold the car on to his wife, so the car remained within the family at the same address. The current owner has had the car for 17 years and is looking to move it on due to lack of use. This could be the owner Turbo S finished in this ‘Silica’ colour scheme as the owner said he’s yet to see another finished in this shade.

On the Outside

Offering a length that seemingly spans across postcodes, the Turbo S certainly exudes presence, but is able to do it without shouting. Even though, this is a limited model, the design has remained understated as you would expect from a Bentley. The front end is classic Bentley, a double headlight design either side that sits within a rectangular housing with a large grille taking pride of place in the centre. As much as the front grille (also referred as a radiator shell) is pronounced, it is shorter compared to the Turbo R.

The front bumper plastics are showing some wear as the lacquer is peeling off, but other than that the front end looks to be in fine condition. There lights are free from tarnishing or cracks, and the radiator shell is also in great condition.

The Turbo S comes with 17” alloys, the same as those used for the Continental R and they look to be flawless, whilst wrapped with high quality Bridgestone tyres. The Turbo S specification also includes bespoke ‘Turbo S’ badges, which feature on front wings and the boot lid. The lid itself does have some scratching towards the offside rear light unit, presumably from where a previous (larger) numberplate was removed. Whilst we’re talking about the rear of the Turbo S, it’s worth noting that it features the Turbo R Mark IV bumpers.

On the Inside

Bentley is known for its luxury image and it’s easy to see why when you see the interior of the Turbo S. As you would expect, there is more leather and wood than you can shake a handcrafted stick at, as well as thick shagpile carpet. As part of the Turbo S specification the interior features a Bentley motif to the waistrail and deeply bolstered sports seats.

The interior is great condition, but there is some signs of use to the steering wheel as well to the driver’s floormat, although that will not be seen when the trademark shagpile carpet is in place. The cream leather upholstery looks sumptuous and looks just as enticing as it would have done in 1995.

The current owner states that all the interior electrics work, which will come as a relief as repair bills can be costly. As the interior electrics are working, the next owner will be able to make use of goodies such as heated seats, electronically adjustable seats, climate control, cassette player and radio.

All the chromework inside the car is gleaming and looks to have stood the test of time extremely well – the same goes for the trims and finishes. On the door sills you’ll find Jack Barclay branded scuff plates to denote the origin of this rare beast. The car also comes with original plaques to offer originality.

Underneath

Powering the Turbo S is a thumping 6.7 litre V8 turbocharged petrol offering a little over 400hp with 835Nm of torque. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic. A lift of the bonnet reveals a very tidy looking engine bay which displays a build number plaque of 43. As well as the build plaque, the engine bay wears original stickers from factory helping to boast originality. This example also comes with the original tool kit plus spare bulbs, lubricant, and safety triangle.

The tyres look to have plenty of tread and feature no serious wear or damage – the same goes for the 17” alloys in which they are wrapped around. The arches are in very good condition and moving further underneath the vehicle you’d find very little reason for concern as there looks to be clean.

History Highlights

This example of Turbo S has a wonderfully clean MOT history, which is sure to give plenty of reassurance for the next owner. As well as this, the car has covered a little over 29,000 miles, so has plenty more life left in it. It has been owned by two owners, including the current one and comes with 2 keys and strong history. The next MOT is not due until June 2023.

The car’s last service was carried in April 2021 by Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists Bowling-Ryan Ltd. On the same visit the wiper blades were replaced, and a new seat ECU was fitted to cure an issue door mirrors. The same garage also replaced the handbrake cables in April 2019, and on that same visit also replaced the front shock absorber top mounts, engine mounts and re-shimmed the front suspension.

A look through the documents will show that Bowling-Ryan Ltd have looked after this car for many years and throughout the time they’ve worked on the car they have also replaced the thermostat, differential oil, suspension height control valve, front and rear brake pads, and suspension spheres.

Before this, the car was also looked after by another specialist, P&A Wood as shown with the car’s documents. The car also comes with a service book with a plethora of service stamps plus original booklets. A HPI check has also been carried out on the car to give peace of mind to the next owner.

What We Think

With only 60 made, examples like this are going to be very hard to come by, especially in this condition and mileage. The car also comes with a brilliant MOT history with the next MOT not needed until June next year, and there is plenty of service history as well. This car has been with the same owner for 17 years and has had just one owner before that.

Thanks to a high level of luxury as well as comfort, this offers a lot of car, and given its rarity, is likely to appreciate with time. The car is ready to be used straight away or could be used as a light project to get the car in mint condition, but as you can see from the photos, that shouldn’t require a large amount of effort.

We estimate this car to fetch between £26,000 - £32,000 in auction.

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Seller

M.Hackett

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 29100
  • Chassis Number: SCBZT05C6SCH56845
  • Engine: 6750
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Right-hand drive
  • Colour: Gold
  • Interior: Cream Leather
  • Estimated Price: £26,000 - £32,000

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