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Lot 434: 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 T-Series Bentley has the 6.7-litre engine (introduced for 1970) and for the past 13 years has belonged to a lady owner, seeing only infrequent use. Described as in generally good condition, apart from a few scratches to the paintwork, the car is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number434
Estimate£5000-£8000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6325
Year1973
Condition rating0
Registration number2326 KO
Mileage-
Chassis numberSBH15988
Engine number15988
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors