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Buyers Guide to:

Bentley Mulsanne Turbo

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1982 to 1985

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Essentially the Bentley version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, the Mulsanne was very re ned and impressively opulent inside but sales were disappointingly slow. To address that, the company decided a faster version was called for and bolted a Garrett turbocharger to the 6.75-litre V8, a development that certainly boosted sales and produced a model that’s still sought after today. Performance was mighty impressive for a car so large and heavy, but it was the blend of speed and traditional luxury that really captured the attention of wealthy buyers. In 1985, three years after its Geneva Motor Show launch, the company replaced the Mulsanne Turbo with the Turbo R (the ‘R’ was for road holding) featuring improved brakes and suspension and even more power.

  1. 1. Front wings
  2. 2. Front and rear screen surround
  3. 3. Sills
  4. 4. Rear wheel arches
  5. 5. Front and rear valance

The Checklist

  • Every inch of the bodywork looking for damage or rust bubbling. The latter can occur in the panels themselves and around handles and locks, and proper repairs are eye-wateringly expensive. Any signs of filler or bodges and you should walk away
  • The paintwork as unloved examples could be suffering from scratches and peeling lacquer. A quality respray costs thousands so be wary of tatty cars
  • Underneath as rot can affect the floor of the cabin and boot; the front chassis legs; rear cross-member; the front suspension turrets; and the spring pans for the rear suspension
  • That exterior chrome and brightwork isn’t pitted or damaged as replacement or refurbishment is an expensive business
  • Whether the car you’re considering has been facelifted with later parts. It’s not uncommon, and while not a problem unless you value originality, it’s important to know exactly what model you’re looking at
  • For a detailed service history from a main dealer or reputable specialist. Expect to see evidence of oil and filter changes every 6000 miles and be very wary of gaps in the maintenance record
  • The engine for oil leaks from the rocker covers and sump, and ensure that anti-freeze levels are correct. Piston knock could point to previous overheating, while replacing failed head gaskets will cost a few thousand pounds
  • There’s no sign of blue exhaust smoke which could signify a worn turbocharger. The Solex carburettor can be costly and tricky to rebuild, too, so be wary of an engine that has trouble starting or doesn’t run smoothly
  • That the automatic transmission fluid isn’t blackened or smelling burnt. Gear changes should be super-smooth, so anything less is a worry, and listen for clonks or whines from the rear axle
  • The condition of the brakes and hydraulic pipework, preferably with the help of a specialist. It’s a complex system and overhauling either system will mean a four- gure bill
  • For worn suspension and sub-frame bushes. Wear on the inner edges of the tyres, or a ride height that’s too low, likely means the springs are in need of replacement
  • That there are no fluid leaks from the power steering pump or pipework. You’ll pay around £400 for a replacement pump
  • The condition of the leather and wood trim. Refurbishment is for specialists only, and a complete overhaul will run into thousands
  • That all of the interior electrics are working as the cost of getting things going again may mean they’ve been ignored. And ensure that the air-conditioning blows ice cold – it’s hugely expensive to put right

Everything Check Out?

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