During its first years, Bentley Turbo R had an enormous price tag of around $130,000 by the year 1990. And because of this, it is perhaps the luxury deal of the modern age. The best thing about them? They completely make sense as a driving mechanism. A copious jab on the accelerator generates a surge of energy hurls you past lesser road users. If you are inside a post-1990 car with smart active suspension, you will experience complete self-control in the corners as well. Are you tempted to take the deal?

What should you look for?

Bodywork & Chassis

The first Rs are now 25 years old. Therefore, in spite of outstanding build quality when new, they will corrode if abandoned. The wheel arches on the back specifically tend to rot if the vehicle has not been taken care of. Ensure that you inspect inside the arch, including the lower parts at either end of the sill. Water can get in at these two ends, and especially the front part. The back balance can also rot, and is hidden in a difficult place at the back of the rear bumper. Therefore, be thorough with your inspection of the car.

Beneath the vehicle, the four outriggers can corrode on higher mileage vehicles. On the other hand, the back spring pans must also be inspected thoroughly for rot. Do not forget to make sure that the extensive exterior chrome is not indented. And, the heavy, impact-absorbant bumpers must be straight and clear from scratch marks.


Due to the complex 4-choke unit’s poor repute for reliability, Carburettor-fed examples are lesser-known. Added to that, they tend to suffer from hot-starting problems which are uncommon for fuel-injected vehicles. From a dripping inlet manifold to an engine management failing, Bad starting, nicking, irregular engine idling or insufficient responsiveness of post-1994 vehicles can be caused by anything. Take it on a test drive, and keep watch of the temperature gauge- distance yourself from anything that will overheat. Thoroughly inspect for drips or weeping hoses anywhere in the car’s system as these coolant leaks can swiftly become a serious problem. More bad signs for engines include minor oil leaks, abundant coatings of oil on the underside, and leaking turbo oil feed pipes.

Running Gear

Throughout the production period of the Turbo R, 2 GM automatic gearboxes were utilized. The basic 3-speeder was incorporated until 1992, however, the 4-speeder provides better acceleration, flexibility, and economy. The transmission must always appear pink and clean.

When it comes to the car’s suspension, both the standard and active suspension must give outstanding ride quality. A vehicle that is well-taken cared of should not feel baggy or loose-fitting. On every model, power steering is typical and leaks can happen from the pump, connecting hoses, and the rack.


Although it’s uncommon to find a car’s cabin abused, still inspect for dirty leather, messy boot linings, tattered carpets and pedal rubbers- all of which are indications that the car has not been taken care properly.