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Lot 353: Bentley T2 Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

Outwardly distinguishable from the Silver Shadow only by virtue of its different radiator and winged 'B' mascot, the T-Series Bentley was introduced alongside its Rolls-Royce sibling in 1965. Mechanically identical, the duo represented a complete break with tradition, being the first of the Crewe factory's models to employ unitary construction of the chassis/body. Originally of 6,230cc, the pushrod V8 engine grew to 6,750cc in 1970 and provided identical power in either application. Nevertheless, Autocar's T2 proved the fastest member of the Shadow family that the magazine had tested, accelerating to 60mph in under 10 seconds and achieving a maximum speed of 119mph. Introduced in 1977 alongside the Shadow II, the T2 gained split-level air-conditioning, rack and pinion steering, revised dashboard and a chin spoiler. Although the Mulsanne Turbo's arrival in 1982 would revitalise Bentley's image, during the T2's time in production (1977-1980) the marque was almost totally eclipsed by Rolls-Royce, with the result that a mere 558 (plus 10 long-wheelbase) T2s were made compared to nearly 8,500 of the equivalent Silver Shadow! Independent once more (from Rolls-Royce at least) Bentley today enjoys a greatly enhanced reputation that has seen interest in the 'forgotten' T-Series cars increase significantly in recent years. Only 558 Bentley T2s were built and today this rare model is considered by many to be more desirable than the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II sister car, production of which ran into the thousands. This beautiful example's combination of gold-pinstriped Masons Black coachwork with cream leather interior is both rare and appealing. The Bentley was purchased from Frank Dale & Stepsons by the current owner in August 2007 and since acquisition has been serviced and maintained by his personal mechanic. Described as in generally excellent condition with very good interior, 'KCX 480S' has covered 117,000 miles and runs exceptionally well with no apparent faults. The car is offered with MoT to 1st August 2012, Swansea V5 document and extensive maintenance records with specialists including Handman & Collis of Portsea Mews, London W2 and St Helier Garages, Jersey. A Harvey Bailey handling kit is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number353
Estimate£12000-£15000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9750
Hammer Price (inc premium)£11212
Year1978
Condition rating2
Registration numberKCX 480S
Mileage-
Chassis numberSBH34107
Engine number34107
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4