Lot 226 - 1976 Bentley T1 Saloon
|Odometer reading||94,823 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
The Bentley T-Series was the Bentley badged version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, available as a four or two door saloon with coachwork by James Young or Mulliner Park Ward. The Bentley differed from its Rolls-Royce equivalent by its more rounded front grill, while the badging on the wheel covers, boot lid and gauges naturally featured Bentley motifs rather than the Rolls-Royce logo. In October 1966, the 'T' saloon's pre-tax 'list price' of £5,375 undercut the Rolls-Royce by £50. The Bentley was technically an identical twin of the Rolls-Royce and seemed to have been purchased mostly by owners wishing for a more understated luxury saloon. The former sporting image of Bentley motor cars differing from Rolls-Royces had gone by the time the Silver Shadow/Bentley 'T' was introduced and this was no longer a primary reason to purchase a Bentley over the Rolls-Royce sibling.
A Bentley TI is a rare car today with only 1,703 units manufactured in the production run from 1965 to 1977 and, as seen by the chassis number, this Bentley is late in the production run. This car was originally supplied by the Heron group in Halesowen, to Mr. John Orchard of The Bright Steel Co. Ltd. in Tipton, Staffordshire. This Bentley was maintained and serviced within the franchise until 2000 when it appeared at Lex in Weybridge; since then the car has been maintained by marque specialists. The history and recent MoT test certificates would indicate the mileage of 94,823 to be correct. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, it is finished in two-tone pewter over Moorland with beige trim. This TI is in need of a little time and investment but is certain to bring pleasure to the new owner as well as becoming a rising asset.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.