Bentley T1, 1969 | € 49.500,--
Bentley T1, year 1969. Colour two tone blue combined with a cognac brown leather interior and dark blue carpet. This very impressive Bentley T1 was prepared for historic long distance (rally) events. Especially the interior was uprated with a full safety roll-cage, special seats, four-point safety harnesses, a digital trip-meter and other rally accessories. On the exterior you will find four additional Lucas LR-8 long-range spot-lamps, two wide beam Lucas FT-8 fog lamps. The powerful 6.2 Litre V8 engine and the automatic gearbox were overhauled, and the suspension was updated for the demanding task. All the overhaul and preparation works were carried out in the years 2017 and 2018. This fine Bentley T1 is fitted with a Webasto folding / sliding roof which offers the maximum open top experience which you can have in a saloon car. The Bentley drives and handles as you may expect from a very well-maintained Bentley. This purposeful Bentley T1 is in very good condition inside and out, the car is turn-key ready for any adventure in the hands of a new owner.
This Bentley is for sale at Imparts.
Price: Euro 49.500, -.
In the year 1931 Bentley was taken over by Rolls Royce.
Ever since that moment Bentley was the second premier brand of Rolls Royce. The make Bentley was given the task to fulfill the needs of the more sportive Rolls Royce customer who preferred to drive himself. After world war two all Bentleys were based on Rolls Royce sister models with only slight changes. The most eye-catching difference was the beautiful, more rounded, Bentley grille. Only the Bentley Continental models were exclusively designed and constructed for Bentley.
In the year 1965 the Bentley T saw the light of day, at the same time as the sister model Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The Bentley T and Rolls Royce Silver Shadow were a true revolution within the conservative company. The automobiles were designed with a unitary bodywork construction, independent suspension all round and disc brakes all round.
The supposed conservative clientele did not have any problem with the modern Rolls Royce and Bentley; The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow saloon (model I & II) was to become the best selling Rolls Royce ever. Over 30.000 were sold in twelve years time.
In the year 1970 the Bentley T1 was succeeded by the slightly improved T2. The engine became a larger cylinder capacity and was upgraded from 6230 cc. up to 6750 cc.
The more exclusive Bentley T1 and T2 models, compared to the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, are relatively scarce; only about 1700 were built in twelve years time...
cylinder capacity: 6230 cc.
capacity: never given by Bentley.but specialists estimate 180 DIN hp.
top speed: 119 mph. - 190 km/h.
gearbox: automatic, 4-speed
weight: approx. 2100 kg.
Bentley history 1919 - 1931
The famous Bentley make, erected by Mr. W.O. Bentley, existed as a independent firm for only twelve years (1919-1931) before the proud firm was taken over by the Rolls Royce motor company. Those twelve exhilarating Bentley years were filled with racing successes and many important victories. The Bentley name as manufacturer of large, heavy, powerful and rugged sports cars has been imprinted in the human mind since the "roaring" 1920ies.
Bentley motorcars won the famous 24 hours of Le Mans race in the years 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. The years they did not win the long distance reliability race for production cars they finished second or third. Not only successes at Le Mans were counted but also victories in other long distance events like the Brooklands 500 mile race. The racing successes were mainly due to the rugged built of the cars and the meticulous preparation of the cars. In every race they learned and had the cars improved on small but important details (Head lamp covers, mesh gauze on the petrol tank, quick filler caps for engine oil and radiator, driver adjustable brakes.)
The Bentley 3 Litre was W.O. Bentley’s first design. The car was presented in 1919 but the first cars were sold in 1921. The four cylinder cars of rugged construction where in a class of their own for they combined the size and comfort of the big tourers and saloons with the road holding, and speed of the smaller sports- and racing cars. The Bentley was a true owner-driver car for the sporting motorist and connoisseur. The Bentley car could be had in three different types which were designated with three different radiator badges*. Red badge: short chassis speed model, Blue badge: the early short and then long chassis type for bespoke bodywork, Green badge: very rare and used for about eighteen 100 mph. These Green badge car won at Le Mans in 1924 and 1927 (Old Number Seven.) The 3-Litre was built from 1919 until 1929.
*The Bentley radiator and the logo were designed by the genius motoring artist Gordon Crosby. The logo is a ‘badge’ and not a ‘label’ as stated by AFC Hilstead in his book ‘Those Bentley Days’ (published 1953).
6.5 Litre and Speed Six
Then in 1926 the 6.5 Litre and the Speed Six were presented, these six cylinder models were in the eyes of W.O. Bentley the best cars the Bentley firm ever built. The bigger capacity was needed for many a customer had built a bespoke heavy saloon body on their chassis and thus eliminating the sporting element the chassis had to offer. The Speed Six brought Bentley the most racing successes and Le Mans victories. In the year 1929 the Speed Six came home first with Bentley 4.5 Litres second, third and fourth! In 1930 the same Bentley Speed Six 'Old Number one' came home a victor followed by another Speed six in second position!
Next came the upgraded four cylinder Bentley 4.5 Litre in the year 1927. The 4.5 Litre featured four valves per cylinder and two spark plugs per cylinder engine. Most of these cars were given open tourer and saloon bodywork and only nine short chassis were built.
4.5 Litre Supercharged (Blower)
The 4.5 Litre Blower was built in the ‘Barnato’ period. Financed by the Hon. Dorothy Paget Tim Birkin successfully experimented at Brooklands with his blower Bentley and even achieved the Brooklands lap record with his Blower Bentley. As Woolf Barnato was now in charge of the Bentley firm, and W.O. now only responsible for the development of the Bentley cars, Birkin convinced Barnato to enter a separate team of Blower Bentleys for the 1930 Le Mans race. This was against W.O. Bentley’s ideas for he was of the opinion that the supercharger would only add trouble to a perfectly good and reliable machine. The 1930 Le Mans race proved W.O. right as none of the blown cars finished and Barnato and Kidston won on a Speed Six model.
The supercharged 4.5 Litre engines were real "gas-guzzlers", the naturally aspirated 4.5 Litre engine used one litre of petrol every 5.6 kilometres, the supercharged engine used one litre for just 3.5 kilometres, a very large petrol tank was fitted additionally.
Another problem was that spark plugs in the supercharged engine wore out very quickly resulting in loss of power. Bentley engineer Nobby Clarke stated one day: "The blower eats spark plugs like a donkey eats hay". Only 55 Bentley 4.5 Litre ‘blower’ cars have been built by the firm of which 26 carried the Van den Plas open tourer bodywork.
In 1931 the most impressive Bentley model ever saw the light of day; the 8-Litre. This car can be regarded as a real ‘super car’. Only 100 of these big cars have been built.
Also in 1931 a down scaled 8-Litre was introduced, the 4-Litre. The car was designed to sell more cars to improve the cumbersome financial situation at Bentley’s. The 1929 Wall Street crash affecting the firm immensely. The 4-Litre featured the chassis, transmission and brakes of the 8-litre. The newly constructed 120 bhp ‘Ricardo’ engine proved underpowered for the chassis and as a result the 4-litre never became the success Bentley hoped for. Only 50 chassis were built.
1931 Rolls Royce take over
In 1931 business prospects looked very black and the firm went into receivership. Napier & Son were negotiating with Bentley's receiver to take over the company. Then another interested party arrived at the scene named British Central Equitable Trust. They outbid Napiers in a sealed bid auction. The Trust later was found to be a front for Rolls-Royce Limited. Rolls Royce had cleverly defeated the threat of a firm that could become a very unwelcome competitor.
From 1933 all Bentley cars were based upon their Rolls Royce counterparts and production was then moved from Cricklewood to Derby. Purists tend to name the Rolls Royce produced cars – Rolls Royce Bentley’s. Rolls Royce took good care of the Bentley ‘marque’. Many magnificent automobiles were built with a distinctively different character than the Rolls Royce models.
© Marc Vorgers