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Bentley T1

The Bentley T-Series is an automobile which was produced by Bentley Motors Limited in the United Kingdom from 1965 to 1980. It was announced and displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show on 5 October 1965 as a Bentley-badged version of the totally redesigned chassis-less Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.

The Bentley T series was available as a four-door saloon and as a long wheelbase four-door saloon. A small number of two-door saloons were built with coachwork by James Young and Mulliner Park Ward and a two-door convertible with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward was introduced in September 1967.

The Bentley was differentiated from its Rolls Royce sibling by its simpler and lighter front grille. The other point of difference to attract comment was said to result from the lower production cost of the Bentley grille. In October 1966, the T saloon's pretax 'list price' of GBP 5375 undercut that of the Rolls-Royce by GBP 50.

Fundamental redesign[]

The T series is the first Bentley (or Rolls-Royce) without a separate chassis. It is totally different from its predecessor the S series.

  • new steel and aluminum monocoque body with subframes to mount the engine and suspension, more space inside but smaller outside, more passenger room, particularly in the rear compartment, more luggage space
    dimensions: - radiator grille 5 inches lower and 2 inches wider; the whole car - 7 inches shorter, 5 inches lower and 3 12 inches narrower
  • independent suspension on all four wheels with automatic height control according to loading

Other major improvements:

  • disc brakes on all wheels with a triplicate hydraulic braking system
  • new and lighter power steering, improved automatic transmission, eight-way adjustable electric front seats, weight reduced 150 lbs, larger fuel tank
  • Engine is the least changed unit but a re-designed cylinder head allows a speed increase to 118 mph

1977 upgrade[]

The upgraded T2 featured rack and pinion steering, improved air conditioning, rubber-faced bumpers, a new fascia and a front air dam, similarly to the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II.

The T1 was manufactured from 1965 to 1977 and the T2 was made from 1977 to 1980.


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