Lot 118 - 1979 Bentley T2
|Odometer reading||93,000 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £13,000|
- Rare and highly desirable example
- Drives extremely well
In 1965, Bentley Motors, well aware that the S series had become dated and a little hard to distinguish from their Rolls-Royce stablemates, set about changing this perception. An opinion shared by Archie Vicar in the Motorist's Illustrated Digest, December 1965. The same correspondent gave the car a favourable review, especially in comparison to its Rolls-Royce stablemate. Unveiled in 1965, the entirely new T range with a specification to silence even the most vociferous of critics was a success. Introduced with a range of engineering upgrades to give a car of very advanced technical specification and with every effort to reduce vibration; harmonic dampers were fitted to the propeller shaft and the entire engine, gearbox and rear suspension were mounted on their own sub frame, with the final drive unit carried on a flexibly mounted cross member. Each car underwent two thirty-mile road tests before delivery. Craftsmen continued to use beautiful veneers, together with traditional deep pile Wilton carpet and leather upholstery, using eight hides to a car and even built in quadraphonic sound! Yet beneath the sleek exterior, performance was remarkable.
The T2 introduced in 1977 is the evolution of the original saloon model. These later series cars offer a higher level of specification and numerous improvements which include a larger engine of 6.75 litres and revised suspension, brakes and steering, with only 568 produced.
Owned by the previous vendor for 17 years, this Bentley was originally registered on 14th February 1979. The previous fastidious vendor had the car well maintained by a Bentley specialist and as such, we are informed, she presents and drives extremely well. Accompanying FRX 425T is a collection of previous MoT test certificates confirming the mileage which we believe to be correct. Finished in Seychelles Blue with magnolia interior and fitted with front headrests, this Bentley is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate. With Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow prices increasing significantly of late, why not consider the even rarer Bentley option.
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