Lot 37 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Sold for £6,975
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: EU-Reg
Chassis No: SBH21898
Mot Expiry: None
The T Series was essentially a Bentley-badged version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Its arrival in 1965 was none too soon, but marked many firsts for the company, including: unitary construction rather than separate body/chassis units, disc rather than drum brakes and independent rear suspension. Though shorter and narrower than the S3 it replaced, the John Polwhele Blatchley-penned T1 possessed greater luggage and passenger space and far more contemporary looks. At launch the newcomer was powered by a 172bhp V8 engine of 6230cc, though this was enlarged to 6750cc in 1970. Early examples employed the same GM automatic transmission as the S3, but this was superseded by the much vaunted Turbo Hydramatic system from 1970 onwards. The car's famed 'magic carpet' ride was achieved courtesy of a high-pressure hydraulic system licensed from Citroen.
One of less than 2,000 Bentley T1s built, the right-hand drive sale car is finished in Smoke Green teamed with Burgundy-coloured hide upholstery. Currently Irish registered, it apparently comes complete with a sizeable history file detailing the careful ownership and regular maintenance bestowed upon it, original owner and service manuals, and both large and small tool kits. The vendor currently regards the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, V8 engine and three-speed automatic transmission as all being in "good" order.