1976 Bentley T1
Price on request
To be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at The NEC Classic Live Online Auction to be held at , , UK, from November 13, 2020 to November 14, 2020. Guide price: £ - £.
> - Supplied by J.D Barclay Ltd. of Oxford on 1st August 1975 as one of just 1,703 Bentley 'T' Series cars
> - Bought by legendary film director Michael Winner on the 1st April 1984 who owned it until his death in 2013
> - A favourite of Mr Winner’s to drive himself, the car was maintained under his tenure by Jack Barclay Ltd.
> - Gifted to Mr Winner’s chauffeur in his will, the car was bought by our discerning vendor in 2015
> - XK Engineering, at a total cost of £21,000, were retained in 2016 for restorative and mechanical works
> - The car has travelled some 112,500 miles (atoc) and the condition is only surpassed by its Hollywood provenance.
> Bon vivant, film director, restaurant critic and charity pioneer Robert Michael Winner was born in Hampstead, London on the 30th October 1930. His parents, George and Helen, were of Polish and Russian extraction and had amassed a small fortune in the textile business between the wars. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and to fund her losses was obliged to sell fine art and antique furniture (worth around £10m at the time) bequeathed to her, not only for her life, but to Michael thereafter. She died, aged 78, in 1984 and he often told the tale that when they dined together in order to discuss his ongoing legal action against her to regain control of his inheritance, loose casino chips could be heard rattling in her handbag.
> His passion for celebrity was evident from the start when, at age 14, he wrote a regular column for the 'Kensington Post' entitled “Michael Winners Showbiz Gossip”, followed by frequent contributions to 'Showgirl Glamour Revue'. Gaining experience by working at the BBC as an assistant director in the late fifties he went on to make a number of short films, however, fame arrived with a series of six films made with hell-raiser Oliver Reed, and later some notoriety, as the director of Death Wish (1974) and its sequels with Charles Bronson, films that defined the subsequent careers of both men. Going on to make over 40 films, it was natural that he would develop close friendships with the leading actors of the 20th century, including Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, Roger Moore and Sophia Loren who were regularly entertained at his Holland Park mansion. The Holland Park property had enough garage space for half a dozen cars, and over the years would house a number of his Rolls-Royce and beloved Bentleys.
> One of his all time favourite cars was this Bentley T1, and when not chauffeured by his long-term driver Steve Gallimore, he would drive himself to various London restaurants, no doubt as part of his role as The Sunday Times’ amusing, if a touch acerbic, restaurant critic. With a larger than life public image that was unashamedly self-exaggerated, and cemented by his appearances in the more recent 'esure' insurance adverts spouting his famous catchphrase “Calm down dear”, he was perhaps held in the highest of regard for his work in establishing the Police Memorial Trust. Winner himself attended as many plaque dedications to fallen police officers as he could, leaving a seven-figure sum in his will for the work to be carried on in perpetuity.
> This Silver Bentley was delivered new on the 1st August 1975 as one of just 1,703 Bentley 'T' Series cars, later to be known as the T1, a re-badged and understated stablemate to the Rolls-Royce Shadow I. According to the DVLA records in the car's detailed history file, it was bought by Michael Winner on 1st April 1984 and, it appears from the service book, was regularly maintained at Jack Barclay. On his much-publicised death in January 2013, the car was gifted in his Will to his chauffeur Steve who, in the fullness of time, moved it on. Subsequently bought by our discerning vendor in 2015, the Bentley was taken to renowned specialists XK Engineering in Coventry for restorative works at a cost of some £21,000 in February of 2016. XK were aware of our vendor's requirements to bring the car up to his standards, and it was superbly resprayed in Silver Chalice, all the brightwork was returned to gleaming perfection, and the underneath was coated in Waxoyl to ensure longevity.
> Having covered a shade over 112,500 miles, with most of the miles travelled by Mr Winner himself and in excellent condition, this famous car could easily join the finest of collections or used for jaunts by the enthusiast who wants a special car with impeccable provenance. In conclusion it could be argued that the Bentley’s highly polished grille is somewhat outshone by the Hollywood sparkle of its previous owner and his acting legend friends who no doubt travelled in the car.
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