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1968 Bentley T series 2 door by Mulliner Park Ward

Story and History

1968 Bentley 2 door by Mulliner Park Ward
Very early version - superb condition

We seems to have a flow of these pretty coupes, designed by John Blatchley, when in reality they are really rare motors

This the first series, were produced from 1966 until 1970 when the factory re-named them the Corniche

Only 79 were produced in that period, in RHD, and this is the only we have had in the last 10 years, so unusual are they to source - in superb condition

Laid down by the factory here in London in 1967, and supplied to dealers Mead of Burnham whose customer, Donald McKenzie Esq took delivery in May 1968

Production normally took about a year for each car, for they were wholly hand build next to the Phantom limousines

Finished still her original factory specification, save for black wall tyres rather than the original whitewall tyres specified & the front fog lamps

The original radio and stereo tape player & electric aerial with 4 speakers are all there, and in working condition (well the tape player does need a bit of time to warm up........but in the end fine music emanates from all 4 speakers) plus the door mirror, plain sundym glass all round, front seat safety harness and yes, and most importantly the air conditioning unit

Messrs John H Chignall & Co Ltd became the second owners in March 1970, when 19.000 miles had been covered

Thereafter the V5C shows only 2 previous owners, which by my calculations means that we have 5 owners in all

The history folder covers maintenance for the last 32 years, most of which is by the owner from 1988 until 2015

Thereafter she was purchased by JD Classic of Essex, whose works shops were well renowned for the quality of their technicians

Under their auspices she was stripped to bare metal and repainted in ICI Black Cherry with all bright work being completely rechromed as well

Her original interior is untainted and is in amazing condition for her age - black hides with red piping and red carpets

JD Classic's sold her in 2018 to her last owner, who undertook a mechanical check over to ensure all items were working correctly
and after nearly £20.000 had been spent, all was well

The air conditioning was serviced and very cold air emits from the fascia outlets, the accumulators, brake pumps and all braking systems have been refurbished as has been the suspension hydraulics - all works completed by Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists Association member

He used her for a trip to the Le Mans Classic thereafter, and as you would expect she enjoyed the trip, 4 up and without missing a beat (he also fitted rear seat belts for his passengers)

The example with the purity of line of the early versions, just as Blatchley had intended, is hard to find

An early version should be as valuable a later Corniche II, and yet they aren't - perhaps they should be, or will be, in the future

She must be one of the best you could wish to come across, whether an early or later example and we highly recommend her

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Specifications

Status
Previously Sold
Engine Size
6230cc
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic
Miles Recorded
97,950
Chassis Number
CBH3734
Finance

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