Thursday, December 5, 2013

15k: Phantom Menace: 1991 Bentley Turbo R Custom

Bentley Motors Limited was founded in 1919 by two brothers and later sold to Rolls Royce when luxury car sales dipped during the great depression.  During the 1980s the Rolls and Bentley names were owned by Vickers, which put a considerable effort into reviving the Bentley brand including the development of the Turbo R, a performance "Roadholding" sedan with gigantic size and aspirations.  Find this 1991 Bentley Turbo R Custom for sale in Santa Ana, CA for $12,995 via craigslist.  Tip from Mike M.

This Bentley Turbo R has been given a serious makeover in the form of a front end that resembles a Rolls Royce Phantom - ironic because the Phantom is a product of the BMW takeover of the now competitor Rolls brand.  The oddest thing about this "custom" are the wheels, which the seller says will need to be replaced.  It must be because he needs them back for his Z28.  Not only are they mismatched front/rear side/side, but they are so not appropriate for this style of car.

The Bentley Turbo R is powered by a 6.75 liter turbocharged Bentley V8 - and while Rolls/Bentley didn't release any official horsepower figures for their cars during this era, internet rumor suggests a conservative 300 horsepower and 486 ft-lbs of torque.

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  1. The next time you have life figured out, just remember that somewhere out there is a Camaro that shares a stable with a Bentley posing as a $200k car. I need a drink.

  2. When visiting Earth, Vader usually alternates between his Maybach Exelero and Unimog Black. But when there's a break in his busy schedule Darth has been spotted in this inconspicuous Bentley, cruising for "scum" around his "secret" base deep below the Luxor Las Vegas, or probing for new Pinot noirs in the hills above Santa Barbara. "I can tolerate no further scratches and unexplained odometer readings on my Benzes. But I have not yet been able to exterminate this infestation of insolent parking attendants," explained the Sith Lord.

  3. This car needs fake gun barrels pointing out of cracked windows on both sides. That's the only way passers-by will stop laughing and flinging excrement at your windshield.

  4. Hey, y'all! Here- hold my glass of Boone Farm and watch this!!

    Seriously- I'm surprised the owner didn't include a jar of Grey Poupon. Located in Santa Ana tells me all I need to know about the sad fate of this one.

    1. Right on Bill- one doesn't normally see a Bentley in Santa Ana, unless the ignition wires are hanging out of the dash board.

  5. Wasn't this in the movie "Death Car 2000" or some such? It's not that I don't think the mentally ill shouldn't be able to express themselves, but this thing should be nuked from space (....just to be sure.....)

  6. Fairly sure those are E36 headlights in that front end.

    As it came from the factory, the car is actually pretty attractive, in a conservative, British kind of way. As it is here, it is hideous.

  7. If it had some modern stance to it, this would sell much faster. Imagine that big rig hustling around a track at WOT with some 285's stretched over 18x13's out back, hell yeah.


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