|Cars - Bentley|
|Odometer reading||93,783 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 9th March 2013 Car - 09/03/2013 / 1976 Bentley T1 / Lot 297
The Bentley T-Series was the Bentley badged version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, available as a four or two door saloon with coachwork by James Young or Mulliner Park Ward. The Bentley differed from its Rolls-Royce equivalent by its more rounded front grill, while the badging on the wheel covers, boot lid and gauges naturally featured Bentley motifs rather than the Rolls-Royce logo. In October 1966, the 'T' saloon's pre-tax 'list price' of £5,375 undercut the Rolls-Royce by £50! The Bentley was technically an identical twin of the Rolls-Royce and seemed to have been purchased mostly by owners wishing for a more understated luxury saloon. The former sporting image of Bentley motor cars differing from Rolls-Royces had gone by the time the Silver Shadow/Bentley 'T' was introduced and this was no longer a primary reason to purchase a Bentley over the Rolls-Royce sibling. A Bentley T1 is a rare car today with only 1,703 units manufactured in the production run from 1965 to 1977 and, as seen by the chassis number, this Bentley is late in the production run. This car was originally supplied by the Heron group in Halesowen, to Mr. John Orchard of The Bright Steel Co. Ltd. in Tipton, Staffordshire. The car was maintained and serviced within the franchise until 2000 when it appeared at Lex in Weybridge; since then the car has been maintained by marque specialists. The history and recent MoT's would indicate the mileage of 93,783 to be correct. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 10 November 2013, the car is finished in two-tone Pewter over Moorland with beige trim. This T1 is in need of a little time and investment but is certain to bring pleasure to the new owner as well as becoming a rising asset.