This Pininfarina-bodied T1 was Bentley’s ‘Speciale’ Camargue
The curious tale of the ‘Speciale’ Bentley T1 began in 1965, when British aristocrat James E. Hanson (later Lord Hanson) approached Sergio Pininfarina with a commission to create a bespoke Bentley. Aware it might lead to a contract from Crewe to produce a new-generation Continental, the Italian happily agreed – but it would be 1968 before the design process started. The wait was worth it, though: by this time, stylist Paolo Martin had joined the company from Bertone. Martin’s design CV came to include the Ferrari Dino Competizione and 512S Modulo, Alfa Romeo P33 and Lancia Beta Montecarlo, so Hanson’s Bentley was in good hands – and it even incoporated some Modenese styling cues.
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