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Lot 403: Bentley T-Series Saloon

Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (19 June 2010)

Introduced in 1965, the Bentley T-Series (and Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow) represented a complete break with tradition, at least as far as their method of construction was concerned, being the first of the Crewe factory's models to employ a unitary chassis/body. All-round independent suspension was another new feature and production cars boasted a roofline 4" lower than that of their predecessors. This new styling appealed to the younger generation of Bentley and Rolls-Royce owners more prevalent from the mid-1960s onwards and enabled the company to keep abreast of fashion. Elsewhere, the newcomers represented evolution rather than revolution, employing the well-tried 6.2-litre V8 engine of the preceding Silver Cloud while maintaining the highest standards of traditional hand-built craftsmanship. Predating Bentley's 1980s resurgence, the T-Series was produced in far fewer numbers than the equivalent Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the ratio being 11:1 in the Shadow's favour, and is considerably rarer today. This very well maintained example has the 6.7-litre engine (introduced for 1970) and comes with full service history from new. The car was maintained by Rolls-Royce at its Crewe factory from new until the mid-1980s and thereafter by the highly respected marque specialists, P & A Wood. While in the long-term ownership of the current (recently deceased) owner the Bentley has been cared for by Broughton's of Cheltenham. The odometer currently displays a total of 18,260 miles, receipts on file indicating that it has in fact gone past the 100,000-mile mark; thus the actual total is 118,260. All bills from new are contained within the history file, close inspection of which is recommended. Last serviced in 2003, the car is in running condition though we are advised that the fuel pumps need to be replaced. Finished in blue with blue-piped parchment leather interior, 'OYW 85R' is described as in generally very good condition and offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number403
Estimate£8000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8050
Year1976
Condition rating2
Registration numberOYW 85R
Mileage-
Chassis numberSBH25836
Engine number25836
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors