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Lot 201 - 1978 Bentley T2

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ESTIMATE £20,000 - £25,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 201
Reg. Number VJA 789S
Chassis Number SBH32320
Year 197
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Description

In 1965, Rolls-Royce, well aware that the S series had become dated, unveiled an entirely new model with a specification to silence even the most vociferous of naysayers. Appearing at the same time as the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the T type Bentley incorporated unitary construction, a total departure for the company; self levelling independent suspension; servo disc brakes all round; and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The well tried V8 was basically the same as it had been in the S.3, with a capacity of 6,230cc, raised compression increasing both power and performance.

A host of sophisticated engineering devices were adapted to produce a car of advanced technical specification. No effort was spared to reduce vibration: harmonic dampers were fitted to the propeller shaft and the entire engine, gearbox and rear suspension were mounted on their own sub frame, with the final drive unit carried on a flexibly mounted cross member. Each car underwent two thirty-mile road tests before delivery. Craftsmen continued to use beautiful veneers, together with traditional deep pile Wilton carpet and leather upholstery, using eight hides to a car, and even built in quadraphonic sound! Yet beneath the sleek exterior, performance was remarkable.

Finished in blue with a contrasting cream hide interior, we are informed the car has been restored and supplied with receipts for parts used during the process. Service history, build records and the all important original handbooks are supplied with the car, as well as a V5 document and MoT certificate. This example will carry you many a mile with unrivalled grace, space and pace.

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