1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying SpurSOLD
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Estimate: 40,000£ - 50,000£
Estimate: €58,000 - €73,000
Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £44.700

From the Collection of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone

200bhp, 6,230cc overhead valve V8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs and servo assisted drum brakes all around.
Wheelbase: 123in. (3,124mm).

Introduced at the 1959 London Motor Show, the Bentley S2 had an all-alloy 200 horsepower V8 engine and, because of its alloy construction, weighed the same as the six-cylinder S1 it replaced. The S2’s driving manners were much improved with a Hydramatic transmission, upgraded power-assisted brakes, and power steering. Inside, the S2 had a new dashboard, incorporating updated gauges.

As a sportier variant of the S2, the factory Continental model had upgraded brakes and higher rear axle ratio to handle the continent’s high-speed motorways. With a top speed of about 113mph, Continentals were consistently faster, quieter, and more comfortable than standard production cars.

Certain customers, however, preferred more luxurious bespoke coachwork to the standard steel-bodied factory offerings. For these discerning individuals H. J. Mulliner was one of the last coachbuilders employed by Bentley to build the four-door Flying Spur saloon. As such, the coachbuilt S2 Continentals were among the most luxurious, stylish, and desirable of all the Bentley variants.

The Bentley S2 Continental offered here was originally sold in 1961 by H. R. Owen to M. O. Lewis & Co., finished in Regal Red with a Beige interior. Two years later, this right-hand drive S2 was purchased by a Mrs Daly of Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Mrs Daly had the car for less than a year as she sold it in 1964 to L. A. Beck of Gloucester, who then passed it on to R. Forster, near Manchester, in 1966. By 1983, the car resided with Rodney Lloyd of Gerrards Cross, before its transatlantic journey in 1986 to John Edwards of Great Falls, Virginia, in the greater Washington DC area. Edwards’s Bentley was finally sold to the Ecclestone Collection in the early 1990s where it has remained ever since, accumulating less than 700 miles since its purchase.

With the exception of several fairly minor flaws and imperfections to the cream-coloured paintwork, the car is in good overall condition. Proper Bentley wheel covers have been painted and striped to match the body colour. The chrome bumpers, radiator shell, and window surrounds appear to have been replated at some point and remain in very nice condition. While the rubber weather-stripping is ageing, the Dunlop Road Speed tyres are to original specifications and quite new all around.

The beige-upholstered bucket seats appear to be original and in very good condition, showing a lovely patina, and devoid of any cracks or tears. The dash features large speedometer and tachometer gauges as well as oil pressure, water temperature, ammeter, and fuel gauges. Additionally, the surrounding woodwork is also of good overall quality although it would benefit from refinishing. It should be noted that this car has been retro-fitted with air conditioning including a boot-mounted evaporator, as well as a radio with both AM and long wave bands.

The 200 horsepower V8 seems to be largely original and unrestored. The vendor reports that the car drives beautifully, having been well maintained and serviced by Sergeants of Goudhurst.

Many consider the S2 and S3 models to be the last ‘proper’ Bentleys ever built – particularly the Continentals. This lovely coachbuilt Flying Spur is certainly one of the most attractive of them all, and its exceptional and largely unrestored original condition lends the car a wonderful feel, sure to be appreciated by any discerning fan of the marque.

Reference Number 13140

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
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