Lot 148 - 1969 Bentley T1
|Sold - £24,640
- From a deceased estate
- Genuine condition
- Original and correct toolkit
Because of their superior build quality over the later model variants and the beautiful woodwork these early ‘Chippendale’ dashboard models are generally accepted to be the holy grail of the Bentley T series especially when, like this one, it has the benefit of the superior three speed gearbox with Park! These early cars were designed to be Bentleys from day one and as such are fitted with rocker covers, instruments and pedal rubbers that all feature the Bentley logo instead of the later models that shared these parts with Rolls-Royce. The Bentley was produced in significantly lower numbers than its Rolls-Royce counterpart. With 1,703 Bentley T1’s being built compared to 16,717 Silver Shadows.
This rare example was ordered new from world famous franchised dealer Jack Barclay in 1968 by a Mr. W. Wrighton of Wrighton Kitchen Fame. A copy of the original order form is present and details Sand coachwork with tan leather interior, beige carpets and red coachline. The optional extras added include air-conditioning at £145 and wing mirrors at £6.00. The car was delivered in March 1969 and cost the grand total of £7,162 2s 4d. An eyewatering figure for the time but offering unrivalled luxury, quality, grandeur and exclusivity. Also present is an original and rare drivers handbook. This Bentley has seen little but regular use in recent years and presents well in mostly original condition throughout. The interior is immaculate with original seats that have never been connolised and carpets and woodwork that are in tremendous order. It is clear that this car has been loved since being purchased by its owner in 1978 and only becomes available for sale due to sad circumstances. We are informed that this T1 is a joy to drive and that it benefits from the factory recommended and approved front suspension upgrade. More recent work was an overhaul to both the brake system and exhaust system. In preparation for auction, this Bentley was treated to a service with oil, coolant, filters, water pump and battery all being replaced. This rare and stately classic is ready to be loved and enjoyed by its next owner.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.