21st Jun, 2023 13:00

The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection

Lot 57


1989 Bentley Turbo R

1989 Bentley Turbo R
Registration number: A8 WCB
Chassis number SCBZRO4A3KCH25874
Mileage: 85,000

In 1989, 'Motor Trend' magazine stated that the new (to the US) Turbo R was the first Bentley in decades to be deserving of the famous name. The 'Turbo' part of the name was self-explanatory and added proper performance to the 6.75 litre fuel-injected V8. The 'R' stood for 'Roadholding', with uprated anti-roll bars, much better damping and a panhard rod giving improved axle location.

The Turbo R was notable for being the first Bentley to wear alloy wheels as standard, while twin round headlights and a deeper front spoiler were facelift features for the 1989 model year, introduced mid-1988.

In the present ownership since May 2001, this gloss black Turbo R has been a firm family favourite and very much-loved and enjoyed. With only 39 miles covered since the last MoT, the recorded mileage was 84,770 miles at the time of cataloguing. Recently MoT-tested, expiring 22 May 2024, documentation with the car includes an invoice from Overton Vehicle Overhauls relating to replacement of the front springs and bushes in 2017, handbooks and service records, and includes a V5C registration certificate.

Take advantage of our Sworders Delivery Service. Please see 'Shipping estimate' below.

Sold for £6,800

Condition Report

This is an honest vehicle in original condition, i notice some light surface rust along the panels behind the back wheels and around the inner wheel arches, there were no MOT advisories.

The seats are in good condition with expected wear comensurate with the age and mileage.

We couldn't make the air conditioning work, so may need repressurising.

The car was driven to the auction and the comment from the driver was how smooth and responsive the car was.

The history file is sparse with only two invoices for service and repairs in 2017 and another in 2014.



To bid in person at auction for the first time please register for a bidding paddle in advance by filling out and submitting a registration form at our front desk. When registering in person we require photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence.


If you cannot attend the auction in person we can bid on your behalf. You can leave an absentee bid on our website.

The amount you bid should be your maximum bid. We will bid up to that limit for you, and remember you may end up paying less than your limit, depending on other bidding on the day.

You can leave an absentee bid up to half an hour before the start of any sale. Please note when we receive two or more absentee bids for the same amount, the first bid received will be the one taken.


If you would like to leave a commission bid on our website you can do so up until 30 minutes before the sale starts. Leaving a commission bid through sworder.co.uk is free for all registered clients. Thereafter you may register bank card details under your account in order to bid live. Click here to register an account.

BID LIVE ON sworder.co.uk

You can bid live at our auctions from the comfort of your home or office using bidding platform Sworders Live.  It is easy to register and you can watch the auction live as it happens.  A 'Bid Live' button will appear on the auction on our website homepage when a sale is live; simply click the button to sign in or register with your card details. There is no additional charge for this service. 

For further instructions on registering to bid live, please click here.


If you would like to bid by telephone please contact our team prior to the auction with your details of the lots you are interested in and your full name, address, telephone number(s) and email address. Once our team have entered your bid request you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you during the sale and one of our team will bid live with you over the phone.

Please note that we normally offer this service for lots with an estimate of £500 or higher and all telephone bid requests must be received by close of business the day before the auction.

Auction: The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection, 21st Jun, 2023


By order of the executors of Alex Tanner, we are delighted to present this fine single owner collection of pre-war classic and modern Bentleys, a Riley RMB and a US Army Dodge Troop Carrier, together with a collection of Automobilia, acquired over some 27 years by former Chairman of the Bentley Drivers Club.




Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 16 June, 10am - 4pm 

Saturday 17 June, 10am - 1pm 

Sunday 18 June, 10am - 1pm 

Monday 19 June, 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 20 June, 10am - 4pm  

Wednesday 21 June, 10am - 1pm

Please Note:  Viewing is dependent on the purchase of a sale catalogue at £15. 


The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE.

View all lots in this sale

Please note that this item is not suitable for a pre-sale automated shipping estimate due to the items weight/size. 

The below table shows indicative shipping costs for larger items being delivered within the UK mainland. Please note that all the below costs are purely for indicative purposes and are to be used as a guideline only. If you purchase multiple large items, we will combine deliveries to reduce the shipping costs. 

Should you be successful in buying this item, a specific shipping estimate will need to be requested after the sale using the link in your invoice email; this also includes all requests for international delivery.

If you would like further information about shipping and collection please see here.


Buying a pre-loved, antique, or vintage item not only provides you with unique style and value for money but it also helps to reduce landfill, and the annual emissions of an antique or vintage piece can be as little as one sixteenth of those of its new equivalent!

Sworders is proud to be supporting the work of Antiques are Green - the movement that was founded in 2009 to promote “a greener future created from the past”. Read their fascinating carbon footprint study of a Georgian chest of drawers versus a modern equivalent here


Antiques are Green


Request A Valuation

Here at Sworders, we are happy to offer a free online valuation service. Please fill out the form and press the 'Submit' button below.

To help us with your valuation please attach clear photographs of the item where possible. You can submit up to 5.

Approximate dimensions are also useful. Expect to hear from the appropriate valuer as soon as possible.


Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.