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1989 Bentley Turbo R


The Bentley Turbo R boasts outstanding performance despite its over-the-top size and weight
The Bentley Turbo R boasts outstanding performance despite its over-the-top size and weight

I am a bit of a fanatic for British cars. Sure I love Italian, German and many American cars, but my real love lies with the cars from Great Britain. And of all the cars from the UK, the ones I love most are the Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars from Crewe.

The Pick of the Day is a 1989 Bentley Turbo R located in Cary, Illinois, that is listed by a Bentley/Rolls-Royce specialist on ClassicCars.com at an asking price of $29,500. The price of these cars when new, depending on year, ranged between $175,000 to more than $225,000, and the fact that you can now purchase one of these cars for as little as $30,000 simply boggles the mind. But that is the current market price for a well-sorted Turbo R.

The Bentley interior is rich with genuine wood and leather features
The Bentley interior is rich with genuine wood and leather features

Of the 1980s and 1990s exotic cars available, there is simply no car that is a better value than the Bentley Turbo R. The Turbo R is a 6,000 pound sedan (saloon in the UK) capable of a sub-7 second 0-60 time and a top speed as high as 150 mph. Now these are strong numbers for sports cars, but for a car as huge as the Bentley, they are simply phenomenal.

From behind the wheel, you can see everywhere you look the quality and craftsmanship that justify the original new-car price. The Bentley is a handcrafted car in the very best sense of the word, built by craftsmen who truly care about what they are building. These are also fantastic driving cars and handle a lot more like a BMW 7 Series than a 6,000 pound Rolls-Royce, with great steering and a magnificent adaptive suspension.

The car is finished in its original Masons Black paint with 2-tone Magnolia (light cream) Connolly hides with taupe-tan accents (seat piping and floor rugs), the seller notes, and the seats have never been re-dyed or “messed with.” The Bentley also features twin fine lines to the waist-rails which were hand-painted at the factory in matching taupe-tan.

The seller mentions that the body is straight and the paint deep in luster and consistency, although it does have a few minor chips and marks. The rubber, moldings, badges and external fittings are all in good condition, the ad says, and the wood in the car, dash and door caps are free of cracks or lacquer checking.

The hydralic braking and suspension systems have been completely serviced, the seller notes, and the electrical system has been  checked out and everything works as it did when the car left the Crewe factory.

The Bentley Turbo R was unequalled in its day, and it still conveys a sense of quality and locomotive-like performance not found in any car built today.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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