Lot 132 - 1967 Bentley T1 Two-Door Saloon
|Chassis Number||GBH 1833|
|Odometer reading||86,210 miles|
|Estimate||£34,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
The 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 example was originally registered on 9th February 1967 having been commissioned by Gerald Ronson of the Heron Group and latterly H.R. Owen. Bentley T1's are exceedingly rare with only 1,868 cars manufactured in total worldwide of which just 114 were built as two-door examples. The coachbuilders for this particular car were H.J. Mulliner Park Ward and the car bears a strong resemblance to its cousin, the Rolls-Royce Corniche. A copy of the original build sheet is available with the car and she is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 7th July 2017. Bentley T1s are highly sought after, a two-door example built by MPW is sure to appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike.
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.