History of the Vintage Bentley T2
Nov 29th, 2018
Synonymous with gentlemen racers and those who appreciate the finer things in life, Bentley Motor Cars have always offered a rewarding drive. From the brutality of their 1920s Le Mans winners, and the sublime elegance of the 1950’s Continental R Fastbacks, to the subtler aggression of the later Mulsanne models, the Bentley has treated the driver as the most important piece of the machine.
The company suffered early financial difficulties, which resulted in them being bought by Rolls-Royce in 1931. Bentley was always the sportier of the two brands where, just one year earlier, the infamous Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato had raced the Blue Train from the French Riviera to Calais in a standard Bentley Speed Six Saloon, not only beating it to to the northern French town, but actually to London before the train reached Calais.
The 1980 Bentley T2, which featured in our latest photography shoot, is a rare model, with only 550 examples ever built. The T2 sports a rakish radiator grille with its “Flying B” logo pointing the way, and more driver-focused credentials. Abbeyfield Sports & Classics Limited’s Bryan McMorran describes this T2 as being an “honest and mechanically superb” example and, given its rarity, is surely one of the most outstanding pieces of value in a buoyant classic car market that we could recommend.
This splendid Bentley T2 model is being offered for sale by our classic car partners, Abbeyfield Sports & Classics Limited. The car in question has been in the UK all its life – it was originally supplied by Bentley distributor HA Fox in Dover Street, London – and is finished in Shell Grey with Blue hides and Walnut veneers throughout. The car comes with an excellent history file, and is on sale for just £23,950.
Just the car that today’s gentleman about town needs to relive those glorious Bentley Boy moments.
Photo credit: Alex Lawrence, Director of Media