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Make / Model: Bentley / SSSC2
Title Status:
Exerior Color: Blue
Interior Color: Black
Year: 1965
Mileage: 0
Engine: 6.23L V8 Transmission: Manual
Doors: 0
Price: $1200000.00
Location: O’Fallon,IL
Seller’s Email: info@gatewayclassiccars.com
Seller’s Phone: (618) 271 – 30
Seller Type: Dealer – Gate Way Classic Cars

Condition & Features

For sale in our Orlando showroom is a 1965 Bentley SSS C2. In 1965 Rolls Royce management asked their apprentice group to build two factory exhibition display vehicles without bodies as prototypes for their next generation 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and the Bentley T-type chassis. The first was to be displayed at the factory in Crewe while the second was to be displayed at the car shows and dealerships. Later on chassis #1 was quietly donated to the Rolls Royce Museum in Mechanicsburg PA. where it still resides. Then much later chassis #2 was secretly sold to Bentley Drivers Club racer Barry Eastick for the purpose of building it into a racing car. This totally unique direct sale which bypassed the normal sales distribution system was facilitated by the Marketing Director of Rolls Royce John Craig. This was done as a special favor in complete defiance of the long established company policy that prohibited participation in auto racing which has existed since Rolls Royce purchased Bentley in 1931. This may be the last traditionally coach built chassis to ever leave Crewe. What made this Rolls Royce policy against racing totally illogical was that it berated Bentleys long history of auto racing wins from 1923 to 1931 when Rolls Royce purchased the company. Bentley entered cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times in that period and won the race outright five of the seven times they entered. That record gave Bentley the greatest win to entry history of any make at Le Mans. Bentley did not return to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans until seventy one years later in 2001 and they finished first in class and 3rd overall. In 2002 they returned to finish first in class and 4th overall. Then in 2003 they returned again to enter two cars and 24 hours later finished first and 2nd overall and mere minutes later they were immediately forced into racing retirement again. This time it was done by the arbitrary and heavy handed policy of their new corporate master Volkswage






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