Bentley restoring very first T-Collection ever constructed


Bentley is restoring its first T-Collection, representing a mannequin that saved the automaker alive for about 15 years. The challenge is anticipated to be accomplished in 2023, at which level the primary T-Collection will be part of Bentley’s heritage assortment, the automaker mentioned in a press launch.

Launched in 1965, the T-Collection was the primary Bentley with a unibody design slightly than body-on-frame development. And the place beforehand Bentley prospects would supply coachbuilt bodywork, each automobile left the manufacturing facility with equivalent sheetmetal.

Bentley was owned by Rolls-Royce on the time, and the T-Collection sedan was basically a badge-engineered model of Rolls’ Silver Shadow. The 2 vehicles appeared just about equivalent aside from brand-specific grilles and hood ornaments.

First Bentley T-Series

First Bentley T-Collection

The 2 fashions additionally shared hydraulic self-leveling suspension licensed from Citroën, and a 225-hp 6.25-liter V-8 that had launched in 1959 within the Bentley S2. On the time, it had the best particular output of any manufacturing engine, at 2.7 kilos per hp, in accordance with Bentley.

The pushrod engine pushed the T-Collection from 0-62 mph in 10.9 seconds, and on to a high velocity of 115 mph. Iterations of this engine, with extra displacement, digital gasoline injection, and turbocharging, continued in manufacturing till 2020.

A complete of 1,868 examples of the first-generation T-Collection have been constructed, most being sedans. A coupe was launched in 1966, adopted by a convertible a 12 months later, however mixed manufacturing of these two physique kinds totaled simply 41 vehicles. A second-generation model, referred to as the T2, launched in 1977 and stayed in manufacturing till 1980.

First Bentley T-Series

First Bentley T-Collection

The automobile at present present process restoration was constructed on Sept. 28, 1965. Completed in Shell Gray with a blue leather-based inside, it was displayed on the 1965 Paris motor present and saved by Bentley for trials work.

The restoration began in October 2016, when a bunch of Bentley apprentices started eradicating trim and reconditioning the physique. Restoration work was placed on maintain whereas Bentley centered on introducing a slate of latest fashions, however began up once more just lately. The engine was began for the primary time in 15 years, and each it and the transmission (a Normal Motors-designed Hydramatic unit) have been discovered to be in good situation, in accordance with Bentley.

When the restoration is accomplished, the primary T-Collection will be part of Bentley’s heritage assortment, offering a extra full image of the automaker’s lengthy historical past.


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