Bentley Motors has long been esteemed as the leader in luxury automobiles since 1919. An elegant British symbol, the automotive dealer is the exclusive provider to the Queen through the 2002 released State Limousine. Bentley Motors Limited produced the T-Series from 1965 through 1980. Debuting for the first time on October 5, 1965, the T-Series was launched at the Paris Motor Show as a Bentley-badged version of the completely redesigned chassis-less Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The T Series was the first ever Bentley to be introduced with a unitary construction instead of a separate chassis. The T Series was also the first Bentley to use four-wheel disc brakes and also featured independent self-leveling suspension that resulted in exceptional ride comfort.
With only 568 models built, the Bentley T2 was introduced in 1977 and ran for a short production span of only three years. The T Series was available as a four-door, five-passenger saloon or as a long wheelbase four-door saloon, with only ten of these longer versions ever being sold. Nearly identical to the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, the only differentiating feature was the front grille and bumper. The word ‘Rolls-Royce’ was inscribed on the engine valve covers and ‘RR’ logo found on the interior instrument panel, evidence of production sharing between Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
Produced in such low volume, this Series is highly collectible automobile today. James May from BBCs Top Gear famously gave away a 1980 Bentley T2 as a prize in a competition in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
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