Date Spotted: Nov 2009
Chassis Number: SCBZP23C3WCH66158
Engine Number: 88770L410M/T1T/S
Mileage: 57,746 (in October 2020)
Colour: Rose Wood Metallic
This motor car was advertised as being an “Olympian” however the chassis number is not one of the four official Olympian chassis numbers. It does have the Hooper rear windscreen but not the correct wheels, incorrect interior, no Olympian badge on the luggage compartment lid and no badge bar with Olympian badge.
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From the original advert:
BENTLEY TURBO RT OLYMPIAN 1997 £25,000
Presented in Rose Wood metallic with magnolia leather piped in deep red with complementing red carpets and top roll, history portfolio, electric heated memory sports seats, over rugs, electric windows and mirrors, cd stereo system, pas c/l air-conditioning cruise control electric wood leather steering wheel privacy glass. matrix grill, special order chrome alloy wheels and 6″ tail pipe
Built to the exact specification of its first owner this superb and very rare vehicle is in superb order the special order features from Bentley included Hooper small rear window body colour mouldings wood leather steering wheel larger Continental T exhaust tail embellisher, Mulliner wing vents Continental T matrix grill and privacy glass. Bringing the purchase price of this vehicle to £187,600!
The history portfolio details the care taken by its enthusiastic owner to correctly maintain the vehicle and documents its 54k miles
The original registration number of this motor car was R145 ECA
WCH66158 popped up on eBay nine years later in 2018 with just 3k more miles. It seems to have spent some time off the road without an MoT.
From the eBay advert description:
For sale Very Rare Bentley Turbo RT (Hooper Body small rear window). 250 RTs built of which only a very small number have had this conversion and with this spec. If you are genuinely interested in the car please come and view text messages will be ignored, fed up with messers and dreamers. The car has been off road for some years until earlier this year when I bought it. Since I have spent at lot of time and money recommissioning get it running and sorting issues unfortunately due to loss of storage and access to a ramp and inspection pit I can’t finish off what I wanted to do the car.
So mechanically engine starts first time and runs fine only driven the car a very short distance seemed to pull very well gearbox changed smoothly brakes and suspension seem ok with no leaks. Has had new ignition coupling (common fault) new battery and ecu relay. The car is in need of a major service, i have no idea when it was done last. There is no MOT but really don’t think it will need much, there are 2 brand new rear tyres that need fitting, will need 1 front, park brake will need sorting and drop link dust covers split thats what I know needs doing. Interior has been fully cleaned drivers side carpet and boot carpet has been replaced. Dash is in nice condition with cd player plus changer.
Central locking elec windows and heater all work. The electric heated memory seats work great due to the seat ecu’s have just been reconditioned by Bowling Ryan costing £576, the alarm c/unit was also tested by them also working fine. Front door cappings need attention but rears are fine, also has wood/leather steering wheel. Bodywork has some marks here and there, the lacquer on scuttle and grill surround need attention, very small amount off rust on nsr arch. Sills and underside solid and all other panels,usual paint problem around door handles. So some localised paint needed but still bright and shiny but a professional buff would make a difference or use as it is.
The car is fitted with the very rare front wing vents, matrix grill, sports bumpers. The car has been featured on the Bentley register as a rare car and was also spotted recently in RR/Bentley driver mag when car was new. As seen from the pic’s it has the wrong wheels, does have original spare. Does have service/h/book but sadly not up to date, 8 previous owners, mileage is showing 57712 but NOT guaranteed. One key and remote log book in my name.
WCH66158 surfaced again in late 2020 at Mathewsons Auctions. I personally went to see it with a view to bidding but decided it required too much attention to get it back up to standard.