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Lot 014: Bentley T1

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

The Bentley S3 and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud are magnificent cars but there is no doubt that by 1965 these separate chassis behemoths had become something of an anachronism. The launch of the relatively compact Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Type put this situation to rights, using an all new monocoque design with a much lower roof line, self-levelling independent suspension, dual-circuit servo disc brakes all round, and a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Luxury never goes out of style, however, and the cars were as sumptuous as ever inside with acres of walnut, Wilton and leather and electric seats and windows as standard. Although the cars are more or less identical, the Bentley T looks more dynamic than the Shadow because the radiator is lower and smoother with a more streamlined shape. Otherwise it is only the badging on wheel covers, boot lid and gauges that sets the cars apart  although the Bentley is far more exclusive as only 1,703 saloons were made compared to over ten times that number of Shadows. Replaced in 1977 by the T2, the T-Type is now more commonly referred to as the T1. It was updated in 1974 with more flared wheel arches to contain the wider radial tyres that were now standard, a larger engine, three- rather than four-speed gearbox, revised suspension and a more modern interior. First registered in March 1967, this particular T1 has been in the same ownership for the last 24 years. The vendor states that it has wanted for nothing and has always been looked after by its retired motor engineer and vehicle restorer owner and various specialists. It flew through its first MOT for a few years requiring no work whatsoever. It drives lovely and has been driven over 40 miles to the sale. It just requires a little TLC to bring the bodywork and interior up to scratch to make it a useable classic with business earning potential. Recently fitted with a new battery, it comes with numerous old MOTs back to 1987 (at an indicated 32,000 miles, now 41,000) and receipts for items such as a stainless steel exhaust, reconditioned gearbox, brake, engine and suspension work etc. Currently taxed and with an MOT until April 2012, it looks hugely tempting at the modest guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number014
Estimate£3500-£4500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1967
Condition rating
Registration numberNDB 95E
Mileage-
Chassis numberSBH2264
Engine number2264
Engine capacity (cc)6230
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4