Lot 248 - 1968 Bentley T1 Saloon
|Odometer reading||2,937 miles|
|Result||Sold - £13,440|
Predating Bentley's 1980s resurgence, the T1 was produced in far fewer numbers than the equivalent Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the ratio being 11:1 in the Shadow's favour and is considerably rarer today. On the road, the T-Series afforded its owners the advantage of an eye-line higher than that of most other cars giving its occupants a commanding view of their surroundings while electrically adjustable seats ensured unrivalled comfort. Summing up the ownership experience in 1989, 'Classic & Sportscar' observed: 'There's plenty of pleasure to be had from driving a Silver Shadow or T1, probably at town speeds more than anything. You learn to cope with its size very quickly. It soothes its driver like no other car.'
This extremely well presented example benefits from a full file of all its construction and test records supplied from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club. It was originally sold through Jack Barclay in London to John King of Melton Mowbray. With just three previous owners since then, it was sourced from Ireland by its current keeper in a less than perfect state. It then benefitted from restorative work to include completely new sills and wheel arches, a full tip-to-toe re-paint in the original Velvet Green colour and renovated door-cappings and dash. The interior retains the correct picnic tables and foot rests as well as the original patina sometimes lost with less sympathetic restorations. A fresh 12 month MoT test certificate and recent service is also supplied with this most elegant of Bentleys.