Lot 118 - 1977 Bentley T2 Saloon
|Odometer reading||94,300 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,440|
The T-Series was the Bentley badged version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, available as a four or two door saloon. The Bentley differed from its Rolls-Royce equivalent by its more rounded front grille, the badging on the wheel covers and 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 sporting 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 it. The present owner bought the car from the estate in 2005 however, due to his father's ill health, he only undertook regular short drives when visiting his sick father in hospital to keep it in good running order. In the last seven years, it has done fewer than 3,000 miles. It 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 1985 to the present day. About five years ago, the brake hoses and rear calipers were replaced which is a common requirement for Rolls-Royce derivatives of this age.
The interior carpets are original and in excellent condition due to sheepskin over rugs and 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 full working order. The car comes with a current MoT test certificate expiring in February 2020 and a V5C registration document. An elegant classic and a true example of British manufacturing at its best.
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