This armoured Bentley Turbo R is better than life insurance
For those needing some extra protection but lacking in funds, this armor-plated Bentley Turbo R formerly used by the Qatari royal family is a low-cost safety net
If your local supermarket's car park routinely devolves into a warzone over who gets the last free parking space, perhaps it’s time to upgrade your car. That hatchback you use as a daily can step aside, for there’s a much better vehicle for protecting oneself from a horde of irate fellow motorists hell-bent on exacting revenge for nicking 'their' spot.
A custom-built 1990 Bentley R Turbo featuring armour plating is being sold without reserve by H&H Auctions later this month, which previously served as transportation for the Qatari royal family. If it’s good enough for the biggest VIPs of an oil-rich state, it’s good enough to get you from home to the local convenience store and back safely.
More classic vehicles fit for royalty
- Rule the road with an iron fist via this Mercedes Pullman
- You can buy the BMW 507 owned by the car's designer
- Are you a back-seat driver? Check out the classic limousines on sale in our classifieds
‘If you need serious protection then this is the cheapest life cover you could purchase. It would cost in excess of £750,000 to build a similarly armoured limousine today,’ points out Roger Nowell, H&H’s motorcar specialist.
That cost from new might be a slight exaggeration – a Bentley Flying Spur with armour plating features in the British royal family’s collection of motors which reputedly cost 'only' £250,000 ($400,000) – but with this Turbo R being sold without reserve, there’s a chance it might sell for an amount even an exiled royal could afford.
Aside from its potentially life-saving armour – assuming you have a list of enemies longer than the Bentley’s boat-like 5.38 metre length, of course – the Turbo R offers some other handy attributes. A turbocharged 6.75-litre Bentley V8 provides plenty of emergency getaway grunt, while smoked windows mean bystanders won’t even know your loved ones are perched up in the rear.
Electric windows are included to effortlessly bring some fresh air into the cabin (albeit with the risk of bullets following suit) and there’s even a refrigerator in the boot, presumably for storing the severed heads of enemies who dare shoot up your precious Bentley.
Best of all is the low mileage. Those Qatari royals must not have ventured out much as, in its single-owner lifetime, this Turbo R has covered only 5000 miles in the last 28 years. That’s less than 179 miles per year!
There’s no doubt the miles-per-gallon on this thirsty V8 brick will violently assault your wallet but, at least you’ll be safe and snug in your armored barge. Those looking to invest in some extra protection can do so at H&H Classics’ Buxton sale on Wednesday, November 28, which kicks off at 1pm GMT (6pm EST).
Classic Cars for Sale
Upgrades – MAIN HIDE LINEN, SECONDARY HIDE -IMPERIAL BLUE, ROOF INTERIOR-LIGHT GREY, BOOT CARPET-BELUGA, BLUETOOTH TELEPHONE SYSTEM, MASSAGE SEATS, WIND DEFELCTOR, POWER BOOT, KEYLESS ENTRY/GO, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, REVERSE CAMERA, ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL, Last serviced on 07/07/2017 at 41,489 miles, Full dealership history, Beige Full leather interior, Four wheel-drive, Standard Features – A
1995 M Bentley Turbo R MK III. Finished in very sought after Racing Green with colour coded bumpers and radiator grille, with racing matrix grille mesh and 16 inch alloys. Magnolia interior with Spruce Green piping and Spruce Green carpets with Magnolia piping. Known to ourselves for last 17 years, with Full Service History. 2 years warranty included, subject to terms and conditions. In unmarked c
2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label finished in Silver Tempest with Magnolia hide interior piped Blue. Covered 98,000 miles with full service history from Bentley main agents, Hadley Green and Jack Barclay as well as specialists. Handbook wallet Excellent condition throughout. Sold fully serviced with 1 years MOT. View this vehicle on our website
The paint, chrome, glass and finishes in excellent condition for its age . No smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises emanate from the engine. This vehicle drives as a new vehicle of its era would. This car has been very gently chauffeur driven since 2003 no expense spared for the maintenance of this vehicle receipts dating back to 2003 available A delightful, very correct, sound and