Lot 140 - 1971 Bentley T1
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,200|
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 grille, 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.
This charming Bentley was originally owned by the late 9th Duke of Roxburghe whose ancestral home was the magnificent Floors Castle. The green coachwork of this Bentley is in excellent order, the tan leather trim is unmarked and the deep rich walnut wood has recently been refurbished. Mechanically this T1 is in splendid condition, with the car driving in a manner commensurate with such a marque. The silent cruising, comfort, style and prestige of this outstanding Bentley T1 combine to make this a highly sought after and desirable car. With only 1,703 examples manufactured, a Bentley T1 in this splendid regal colour combination and in such delightful condition, will always be highly prized and sought after.
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.