Lot 235 - 1977 Bentley T2
|Odometer reading||93,956 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,184|
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. 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 present owner’s father purchased this lovely example in Moreland Green in 1985, when it was merely eight years old. He owned the car until his death in 2003 when his widow took over its ownership although she never actually drove the car. The present owner bought the Bentley from the estate in 2005 however, from about 1998 onwards, due to his father's ill health, he was almost the only driver and did regular short drives when visiting his sick father just to keep the car in good running order. After 2005, it has remained in his care and the mileage has always been kept low. In fact, in the last seven years, it has done less than a total of 3,000 miles. The car has always been serviced when the MoT test was carried out, and as far as the owner is aware, this wonderful car was kept garaged from 1995 to the present day. About five years ago, the brake system and hydraulics were completely replaced as were the pipes and calipers. This is a common requirement for Rolls-Royce Shadow derivatives of this age.
The interior carpets are original and in excellent condition, mainly because there have always been sheepskin rugs over them as protection. About six years ago, the owner stripped and re-lacquered the door and window cappings. The ivory leather seats and door linings are original and in good condition for their age. The air conditioning has been periodically re-gassed and is currently in working order. An elegant classic and a true example of British manufacturing at its best. The car comes with a current MoT test certificate which expires February 2020 and V5C registration document.
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