F. Mallalieu lived in the USA, when he decided to built the first of his
Bentley Specials based on Bentley Mark VI. During the late 60ies and early
70ies many considered creating an attractive new tourer body made more
sense than to invest in the restoration of a standard steel sports saloon.
Mallalieu's design was clearly influenced by pre-war styling. To special
request he built a few more bodies and then decided to return to England
to build cars commercially.
the leisurely, unhurried methods of traditional coachbuilding work
proceeded at works in Wootton, Nr. Abingdon. The handcrafted body was a
composition of carefully formed panels. The finished product was then
married to the chassis of a Bentley Mark VI, whose original coachwork
simply had been scrapped. Frame and engine as well as gearbox, rear axle
and suspension were carefully checked. The availability of the almost full
range of spare parts (we are talking about the period of a quarter of a
century ago!) allowed to to meet certain customers' desire to alter cars
from right-hand drive to left-hand drive using original Rolls-Royce parts.
As regards the interior only finest materials were
accepted - Mallalieu's customers wer most demanding. Thanks to the
relatively light bodywork the cars offered impressive acceleration; it
didn't matter much whether the 4¼-litre-engine or the engine with
4½-litres capacity. Such quality was not inexpensive: the prices of
various models ranged from ca. £20.000 to some £45.000. A brandnew
Bentley T2 from the factory at Crewe dist cost only a fraction more..