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Introduced in 1982, the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo shared the traditional 6.75 litre Rolls-Royce V8 of its Silver Spirit and Mulsanne siblings but was a totally different animal under the skin. Outwardly only a radiator painted in the car’s body colour and discreet badges at the back and on the lower front wings gave a hint of the car’s monstrous performance.
But under the bonnet lurked a Garrett AiResearch turbocharger mated to a Solex 4-barrel downdraught carburettor in a plenum chamber which increased the engine’s power by a massive 50 per cent – now 300bhp. Driving through a 3-speed automatic gearbox with uprated torque converter, it could hurl the two ton brute to 60mph in 7 seconds and comfortably top 135mph but was electronically limited to this speed in deference to the tyres. Relatively few examples were built before it was replaced by the Turbo R in 1985.
In the words of the vendor: This Bentley Mulsanne Turbo has only covered 3,600 miles from new. It was purchased from Jack Barclay Ltd in Berkeley Square on 25th May, 1983 by Mr Archibald D Kelly, of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, who owned shipyards in both Glasgow and Belfast. He purchased two Rolls-Royce cars and another Bentley at the same time and all four cars were pampered and kept in his heated garage with parquet flooring. At the time of purchase, he had the private registration number ADK 1 assigned to this Mulsanne.
In 2002, Mr Kelly sold the Bentley to his friend Mr D Blair, a local coal merchant, at which time the Bentley had an odometer reading of just 2,188 miles equating to a mere 115 miles per annum in the 19 years of Mr Kelly’s ownership. The Bentley has been garaged all of its life and only been driven to the MOT testing garage over the last few years. During Mr Blair’s 11-year ownership he added just 349 miles to this tally.
The previous owner bought the car in 2013 with 2,537 miles on the odometer and since then this has only risen by a further 1,060 miles. Finished in Cotswold Beige with cream leather interior, this Turbo is amongst one of the finest examples still in existence
It may interest readers to note that this very car is featured in the 2015 issue of ‘Silver Spirit’ magazine which states that it is number 115 of only 192 built.