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Bentley T1
(1965 - 1977

Bentley T1, 1976, #SBH24509
Bentley T1, 1976, #SBH24509. The Bentley T1's bodyshell was identical to that on Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow chassis; the models were distinguished by radiator shell and badges only..

The Bentley T1 was the stablemate to the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I. One advantage of the chassisless monocoque construction of the bodywork when compared with previous models was that it was almost lightweight. Hence the 6.23 litre V8 engine gave the performance of a sports car. Permanent development ensured the highest attainable degree of safety. The well-proven V8 engine could be specified in one of two compression ratios - dependent on the quality of petrol that was likely to be encountered. Only James Young with a series of 15 two door saloons and Pininfarina with one coupé built to an important client's special request tackled the task of creating special bodies. The Crewe design team succeeded in finding what generally is acclaimed nowadays as the finest solution. Their eye-catching two door saloons and convertibles by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward became available from 1966 and 1967 respectively.

Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 91.44 mm (4.1 x 3.6 in), engine capacity 6,230 cc (from 1969 bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), engine capacity 6,750 cc for export models; from 1970 standard on all models); aluminium alloy cylinder heads, SU carburettors; 4-speed automatic gearbox (3-speed automatic gearbox for export models with destination U.S.A. or Canada, from 1968 standard on all models); independent suspension with coil springs front and rear, hydraulic self-levelling height control front and rear (from 1969 deleted on front suspension); disc brakes front and rear; wheelbase 3,035.3 mm (119.5 in) (from 1969 long wheelbase version 3,136.9 mm (123.5 in) optional), from 1971 wheelbase 3,041.6 mm (119 3/4 in), from 1974 wheelbase 3,048 mm or long wheelbase 3,149.6 mm (120 in or 124 in); tyre size 8.45 x 15 cross-ply (from 1972 tyre size 205VR15; from 1974 tyre size 235/70HR15)

Bentley T1, James Young 2 door saloon, 1966, #CBH2267
Bentley T1, James Young 2 door saloon, 1966, #CBH2267. One of only 15 cars ever built to this pattern by James Young is now the pride and joy of a Japanese collector. (Photo: Yutaka Katayama)

No. made:

1703 Bentley T1 saloon (1965-1977)
9 Bentley T1 long wheelbase (1971-1976)
114 Bentley T1 two door saloon (1966-1971) 15 by James Young
1 Bentley T1 coupé by Pininfarina (1968)
   41 Bentley T1 convertible (1967-1971)
1852 Bentley T1 altogether
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