Bentley T-Series

Bentley T2

The term Bentley T-Series models Bentley T (or T1) and Bentley T2 are summarized. The cars were identical to the Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow; Bentley was a second brand of Rolls- Royce. The T- series sparked in 1966 from the Bentley S- series. The vehicle was called during its construction Bentley T; after the introduction of the revised series T2 received the first series retrospectively to better differentiate the term T1.

History and sister model Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow

The Bentley T was a Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow with other brand emblems. Only grille, hubcaps, nameplates were external distinguishing features. On the instruments, however, the double " R " Rolls- Royce is also attached at the Bentley; likewise on the engine block and the bonnet. In addition, designed by Rolls- Royce body and equipment was identical. The 1965 Bentley T was introduced, according to the Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow, the first Bentley model with self-supporting body; on a separate chassis has been omitted. With the exception of the motor drive technology had been completely redesigned. The car had four wheel disc brakes and had an automatic level control, which was acquired under license from Citroen. Compared to the Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow, the chassis was tuned slightly firmer. The Bentley T was slightly cheaper than its sister model of Rolls- Royce. In October 1966, the T- limo was offered before tax at a list price of £ 5,375; he was thus £ 50 cheaper than a Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow in the UK. In other countries - such as Germany, the vehicles were equally expensive; in Switzerland Bentleys were sometimes slightly more expensive than the identical Rolls -Royce.

In 1977, the Bentley T2 with the improvements to the market that had been developed for the Rolls -Royce Silver Shadow II. The updated version of T2 differed among other things, a new rack and pinion steering, improved air conditioning, a new instrument panel and a front bumper from the previous model.

Initially we used eight-cylinder V-engine with 6230 cc capacity was replaced in 1970 by a unit with 6750 cc. The actual engine power concealed Bentley at the time, calling it "adequate" or " sufficient " merely as. The 6230 cc engine actually made ​​178 hp (131 kW) at 4000 rpm and built from 1970 6750 cc engine produced 180 hp (147 kW) at 4000 rpm also. The maximum torque is 500 Nm at an engine speed of 1750 rpm or 550 Nm at 1750 rpm.

Body versions

The T1 was offered as a sedan and, temporarily, as a coupe and convertible; the more developed T2 contrast, there was only available as a sedan with different wheelbases.

Long-wheelbase saloon

T1 and T2 were offered as " Saloon" and with a longer wheelbase than " limousine ". These models, T1 LWB (Long Wheel Base ) and T2 LWF were each identical to the corresponding Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I LWB models and Silver Wraith II ( the Rolls -Royce Silver Shadow II had long-wheelbase Silver Wraith 's own name II). In the sedan the wheelbase was lengthened by 10 cm; this extra length benefited the rear passenger compartment. Accordingly, the rear doors were longer by 10 cm at the LWF vehicles; also received the LWF the hubcaps of the higher series Corniche and Camargue. The LWF vehicles were available with a partition between the rear passenger compartment and driver's compartment; in this specific case, the rear side vanity mirror in the C-pillars in favor of forced ventilation. While Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow I LWB and Silver Wraith II were usually supplied with everflex roof and thus with a reduced rear window, the Bentley T1 and T2 LWF LWF were mostly delivered without everflex roof and therefore with normal rear window. These were, however, only to recommendations by Rolls- Royce; there are also reversed in each case designed vehicles.

T Coupe

Based on the Bentley T, there were over time, three different two-door model with closed bodywork:

James Young Two Door Saloon

The first two-door version of the Bentley T1 designed the independent British Karosseriewerk James Young Coach Builder. The tradition-rich company that had designed numerous special bodies for Rolls -Royce and Bentley chassis in previous years, let the wheelbase, the technology and the structure of the factory building basically unchanged; the same was true for the rear roof line. Finally, James Young also maintained the straight running belt line of the sedan body. Instead of the four side doors, the body shop added only ever a longer door on the driver and passenger side. The James Young construction was referred to as Two Door Saloon. Overall, it was more like a two-door sedan and a coupe; the lines were sometimes perceived as severe. Between 1966 and 1967, presented by James Young 15 two-door vehicles here based on the Bentley T- model. 35 more, apart from the grille identical two-door model developed on the basis of the Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow. The two-door versions of the T- model and the Silver Shadow was the last special bodies of James Young; the plant was closed in 1967.

Mulliner Park Ward Coupe

After James Young had presented his two-door version of the T - model, Bentley launched its own coupe with a designed by Bill Allen body. The structure was independent at the rear. The coupe was clearly curved lines on the rear axle and a sloping rear end. The body of work was produced in coupe Mulliner Park Ward, a traditional British coachbuilding company that belonged to Rolls- Royce for some years. The plant coupe - and its counterpart at Rolls -Royce - long remained in the program. Initially, it was sold under the name Bentley T. From 1971 up to the end of production in 1982, it was - as well as the identical Rolls -Royce version - the name of the Corniche.

Pininfarina Coupe

1968 Pininfarina designed on a customer a two-door coupe with a semi - fastback based on the Bentley T. The body was entirely self-contained. Pininfarina used numerous attachments of large scale vehicles. These included the rectangular headlights and taillights round of the Opel Rekord B. The car remained a one-off.


From the body of work of a four-seater coupe convertible was derived which was initially Bentley T Drophead coupe, and later as Corniche ( 1971-1983 ) and Continental has been sold ( as of 1984 ) (see Rolls- Royce Corniche ( 1971-1986 ) ).

Performance of Bentley T2

The Bentley T2 has an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 11.1 seconds. The top speed is 185 km / h The car consumes 22 liters per 100 kilometers.

Production figures Bentley T-Series