1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
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Classic Car Overview
The Bentley T ("T1 ") is the rare derivative of the Silver Shadow. It was the twin sister to the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and is differentiated by a Bentley radiator grille, mascot and "Flying B". It has a slightly lower bonnet (hood) with different shaping in the sheet metal and is distinguished further with Bentley hubcaps and boot badging. Unique to these earlier Bentleys, is the fitment of "B" logos on the speedometer and brake pedal (a nice touch - something that was sadly deleted by Rolls-Royce in later years). Out of some 32,000 4 door Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow sedans produced, only 1,700 of these were Bentley Ts (that is only some 5% of the model series). Take into account that the number of remaining survivors would be considerably less and discount further those that are in poor condition, then this T1 Bentley may well be 1 out of only a few dozen examples in the US in this very fine condition.
This Bentley T is a stunning example that has recently been restored by the Park-Ward Motors Museum - a leader in Rolls-Royce restoration with over 45 years Rolls-Royce and Bentley experience. Indeed; "Masters of the Art".
The exterior presentation of this Bentley T is simply lovely. The body is and always was, straight but underwent a complete windows-out-all-fittings-removed repaint. As a result, we have a paint finish that is of show standard and exceeds factory quality. Repainted in clear over base, the retail value of the repaint alone is some $30,000. As you would expect, the paint presents spectacularly.
Finishes are excellent with many new fitments to include rubbers, gaskets, lights, lenses and bright-work. Not replaced items such as mouldings, door-handles, grille and badges are excellent.
The interior of the car is in stunning presentation. The African burl walnut wood is spectacular having recently been redone by Park-Ward. All the wood; dash, console, door cappings and vanity mirrors are in as-new condition (for those who are not aware, this refinish process is some $3,500 alone). The rest of the interior is very clean and tidy and requires no attention. The Connolly hide leather was re-Connolised by us and displays a nice degree of patina (we prefer to keep original leather as opposed to replacing with new). The headliner is very clean and in original condition, which is a vinyl known as "Ambla" - only fitted to the early US spec SY (Shadow/Bentley) cars. The dash board and rear parcel shelf are factory excellent. Carpets are clean and tidy as is that in the boot (trunk).
The radio fitted to the car is a rather mundane non-descript 80/90s unit. We would like to see a factory specification unit fitted but have not done so at this stage as we know some buyers might prefer current technology systems. Please enquire upon purchase.
Mechanically, the car is subject to Park-Ward Motors Pre-delivery Commissioning process. Something no-one else provides. Park-Ward Motors is Americas number 1 classic Rolls-Royce restorer and provider. We earned this reputation over some 45 years as a collector & restorer, knowing these cars better than most. We have EVERYTHING in-house. Trained Rolls-Royce mechanics, electrical experts, body & paint, interior trimmers, leather and wood restorers. Nothing is out sourced. Every car that we sell goes thru our workshop and ANYTHING that is needed is attended to. There are no "restoration budgets" set. We simply do what is needed to each and every car. We do every major
- Classic Car ID101725797
- Stock NumberSBX-06531
- Body StyleN/A
- Mileage58,200 miles
- Engine6.25 litre Rolls-Royce V8
- Exterior ColorMasons Black
- Interior ColorSt. James red Connolly hides with black accents
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