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1999 Bentley Turbo RT LWB Sedan  -  Formerly Owned by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees


The last Turbo RT LWB built for North America
Personal car of Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees for his Miami home
Delivered new to Braman Motors, Inc.; Clean CARFAX®
Accompanied by window sticker, custom framed spec sheets from Crewe, and correspondence between Barry Gibb and the Bentley factory


For those of you unfamiliar with the distinguished racing history of Bentley motor cars, allow us to give you a quick and very brief rundown. In the 1920s and 1930s, W.O. Bentley built cars that beat the odds, competing against more powerful cars and winning. The Bentley Boys, as they came to be known, took the checkered flags at legendary race venues such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Brooklands Motor Circuit. 


The success on the tracks led Bentley to ensure that all their models to follow would have the same sophistication and impressive performance as the original '20s and '30s vehicles did. Following that same success, the Bentley Turbo RT was introduced in 1998 and was the peak of the Bentley R platform. Only 50 Turbo RTs were built for the North American market over a two-year period. The cream of the crop for Bentleys in its time, the Turbo RT Long Wheelbase Sedan had a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase and boosted a turbocharged 6.75-litre V-8 engine that turned out an impressive 400 horsepower and 590 lbs.-ft. of torque, allowing its driver and three passengers to arrive in style everywhere they went.


One of the more famous Bentleys to come out of the late '90s, is this exclusive and highly optioned 1999 Bentley Turbo RT Long Wheelbase Sedan. Affixed to the bottom of the door seal is a plaque stating that this is the last example to be delivered to North America, which is also documented by records from Bentley. That alone makes this more desirable among its peers, but it's who purchased it new, that takes it to the next level. Ordered through Braman Motors Inc. of Miami, Florida, this Bentley was originally purchased by world-renowned singer, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Best known for their songs "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep is Your Love", the Bee Gees were a group comprised of three brothers that dominated the charts in the late '60s and early '70s.


Barry Gibb's personal vehicle for his lavish Miami home, this Turbo RT LWB left the Crewe factory finished in the color of Black Waterbase over lavish Cotswold hides with black piping upholstery, which still presents quite well today, only showing slight signs of road enjoyment. Accessories can be found throughout this Bentley, which include veneered door panels, veneered waist rails, veneered picnic tables on the back of the front seats, Bentley logos embroidered on the headrests, an MPW sports-style steering wheel, and color-keyed door mirrors to name a few. The most expensive option on this rare Bentley, which comes as no surprise considering the musician who special ordered it, is the $3,561 uprated amplification with Mission speaker package, ensuring the best of the Bee Gees can be heard at all times.


Documented by a large file of service records during Barry Gibb's ownership, as well as the second owner, this Turbo RT LWB has most recently been serviced by JB Automotive Imports in Saint Petersburg, Florida in December of 2023, which the accompanying clean CARFAX® will attest to. Other important documentation includes the spec and window stickers in a custom frame from Crewe, correspondence between Barry Gibb and the Bentley factory, the official Bentley Certificate, the owner's manual, and various other correspondence.

 

With the anticipation starting to rise with Barry Gibb as the executive producer of the Paramount film of the Bee Gees' life story, this '99 Bentley Turbo RT Long Wheelbase will surely rise with it. The last example delivered to North America from the Crewe Factory; it is a seldom seen luxury vehicle that was once owned by one of the biggest names in music history.
 


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