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bqf

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1,321 posts

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I've just bought a 1989 Bentley Turbo R, unseen, from an auction. For £3,600.

Am I about to be ruined? I understand it's just had £4,000 of brake work done, which sounds like a lot - are all the parts catastrophically expensive? I run an E55 AMG as my daily and I thought that was expensive to run!

I look forward to sharing my tales of extreme wallet-lightening with you all!

vincegail

1,661 posts

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Please do! In this thread, if possible. I've just bookmarked it as I am planning to do the same in the future and I need confirmation that's a good idea, or warning it's a bad idea.

stoocake

314 posts

58 months

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Please do keep us posted!

6750cc

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bqf said:
I've just bought a 1989 Bentley Turbo R, unseen, from an auction. For £3,600.

Am I about to be ruined? I understand it's just had £4,000 of brake work done, which sounds like a lot - are all the parts catastrophically expensive? I run an E55 AMG as my daily and I thought that was expensive to run!

I look forward to sharing my tales of extreme wallet-lightening with you all!
Congratulations!

Look forward to hearing about your experiences.

Andy

POORCARDEALER

7,109 posts

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You need a wheel barrow for your bks, its worth 2k as a breaker, so worst ways its not too grim
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bqf

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The auction estimate was £6,000, and it looks clean, has good history, so we will have to see.

Agreed though - if it turns out to be a basket case all is not lost.

touching cloth

11,700 posts

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Bought a 1987 Mulsanne at Auction just before Christmas last year, not a Turbo admittedly but then I paid even less than you did lol at just shy of £3k for mine. Broke down on the way home (nothing more than a fuse as it happens), since then hasn't missed a beat. Just put it in for an MOT (first in my care as it came with one) - a first time pass with 2 minor advisories. I'm sure it will bite me on the bum at some point but for the moment I just love it ... hope you have the same luck as I have thumbup

bqf

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touching cloth said:
Bought a 1987 Mulsanne at Auction just before Christmas last year, not a Turbo admittedly but then I paid even less than you did lol at just shy of £3k for mine. Broke down on the way home (nothing more than a fuse as it happens), since then hasn't missed a beat. Just put it in for an MOT (first in my care as it came with one) - a first time pass with 2 minor advisories. I'm sure it will bite me on the bum at some point but for the moment I just love it ... hope you have the same luck as I have thumbup
Fingers crossed!! Sounds like you hit lucky there. It's buttons for the cars that they are isn't it!

Balmoral

30,034 posts

134 months

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There's at least three of us on here who paid more than that for this years MOT biggrin

Johnnytheboy

10,327 posts

72 months

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Makes my drunken 1983 XR2 purchase seem positively prudent. laugh

bqf

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Balmoral said:
There's at least three of us on here who paid more than that for this years MOT biggrin
Thats what I was afraid of!!!

Still, it won't depreciate I suppose biggrin

ivanhoew

440 posts

127 months

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excellent, well done .looking forward to the regular updates on this .

bergxu

197 posts

43 months

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Agreed. Good on ya for taking the chance and keeping it on the road (well, hopefully). You guys can buy them for stupid low money over there. Here in the Colonies, a Turbo R for breaking would set us back $5K at the very minimum! And in fact, there's one available not too far from me for just that price, although it has NO brakes whatsoever and at the moment, my '53 R-Type is duly consuming any disposable income so....

Anyhow, good luck and let's see pictures!!

Cheers,
Aaron

bqf

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What faults would render them uneconomic to repair??

POORCARDEALER

7,109 posts

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Head gaskets is a big expensive job, rotten underside can be terminal

Edited by POORCARDEALER on Friday 28th September 16:43

touching cloth

11,700 posts

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At our purchase prices and Bentley parts prices, I'd guess perished door rubbers could render it terminal biglaugh

Bluebottle911

565 posts

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bqf said:
What faults would render them uneconomic to repair??
At that price, pretty well anything!

Seriously, you may have just got the bargain of the week for the simple reason that you were brave enough to put up your hand when nobody else had the balls to do so. I hope it goes well for you - just keep your fingers crossed!

bqf

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Bluebottle911 said:
At that price, pretty well anything!

Seriously, you may have just got the bargain of the week for the simple reason that you were brave enough to put up your hand when nobody else had the balls to do so. I hope it goes well for you - just keep your fingers crossed!
It will be fine - everything is repairable, after all smile

zygalski

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bqf said:
...Am I about to be ruined? I understand it's just had £4,000 of brake work done...
Let's hope the wipers don't fail.

Thin White Duke

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You only live once.

I actually find it a shame though (not for the buyer of course) that these great vehicles end up worth so little. You still find 80's Turbo R's worth £10K +.
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