Lot 147 - 1966 Bentley T1 Two-Door Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||91,700 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,436|
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. 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 27th October 1966. 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. Supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd to Mr. Peter Cadbury at an invoice price of £8,742-19s-5d this Bentley T1 is in need of a total restoration. Supplied with a V5C registration document and the last MoT test certificate which expired on 5th June 2007 and a copy of the original factory build sheets, we are advised the engine has been started on this T1 recently. With Bentley rocker covers and dials, together with the traditional rounded grille, this two-door H.J. Mulliner Park Ward is a great car to restore and certainly deserves to be returned to its former glory.
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