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Bentley – T Speciale


Vehicle Overview

This Pininfarina-styled Bentley T is known as the ‘Coupé Speciale’. The design was the work of Paolo Martin, a gifted stylist who had started his career with Michelotti in 1960. He moved to Bertone in 1967 and the following year was appointed chief of Pininfarina’s styling department where he would be responsible for innovative designs such as the Ferrari Dino Competizione and 512S Modulo, Alfa Romeo P33 and Lancia Beta Monte Carlo. The Coupé Speciale was commissioned by the wealthy British entrepreneur and motor car aficionado James E Hanson, later Lord Hanson, who first approached Sergio Pininfarina with his proposal in 1965. The Coupé Speziale would turn out to be the progenitor, not of a new Bentley Continental, but of the Rolls-Royce Camargue, its resemblance to which is unmistakable. The Coupé Speciale was exhibited on Pininfarina’s stand at the 1968 Turin, Paris and London Motor Shows before Lord Hanson took delivery, via H R Owen, in May 1969. Despite his favourable deal with Pininfarina, he still paid £14,000 for the Bentley, roughly double the cost of a two-door T-Series by Mulliner Park Ward.

Technical Specifications

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    T Speciale
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  • Designer
    Paolo Martin

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