1969 Bentley S2 Continental Flying SpurSOLD
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Using an aluminium 6,230cc V8 engine in place of the old 4,887cc six cylinder unit which had been phased out in 1959, the S2 model was developed from the Bentley S1 on the same chassis. Automatic transmission, power steering and servo brakes combined to make a superb grand touring car. Despite the increasing trend of the factory towards body standardisation, a number of bespoke designs were produced by the few remaining coachbuilders. One of the most successful and highly regarded of these body styles, which lasted throughout the three S series, was the four-door Flying Spur by H J Mulliner. This six light design must count as one of the most handsome large saloons ever produced. The S2 is especially significant in really being the final opportunity for coachbuilders to show their full creative ability; it has elegant and sporting lines, retaining a timeless appeal, without compromising the all important formality required of such a limousine. Power was, by tradition, never disclosed by the factory but it was thought to be around 200bhp which resulted in a fast and handsome touring car for four people plus their luggage. Many consider the S2 to be the best of the S series, its performance and flexibility being superior to the S1 without the added weight of the S3.

This 1960s example is believed to have been ordered towards the end of 1959 on behalf of Sir Duncan Orr-Lewis who had previously owned an S1 Continental. Service records for November 1961 to July 1962 show the car was in the care of Jack Barclay and in the ownership of Maxwell Joseph of Clarges Street Mayfair, chairman of Grand Metropolitan and owner of some of the best hotels in Paris, it is believed the car was used by Joseph regularly on the Continent. In 1974 records show the Bentley was in the ownership of Harold Garratt who used the car for regular holidays to Yorkshire and Scotland, as well as trips to international rugby matches at Twickenham. From 1992 until his death in 2004, the Continental was stored in the garage at his family home. Two years ago, the was been re-commissioned by the previous family at a cost of close to £20,000, the invoices for which, from a Bentley specialist, accompany the car. It was then acquired by the current vendor and became part of his collection. Various works were subsequently undertaken by Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, Axtell Ltd in Surrey. As is the case, it always takes a lot more than you think to take a car that last five percent. Fine tuning, adjusting various cylinders, new seals all round, vibration investigation and a six page invoice indicates to the level of quality the vendor expects from all the cars in his collection. It would be fair to say that this Bentley is an extremely fine example, both inside and out.

Finished in grey with red hide interior, the car is supplied with V5 registration document, service records, owner’s handbooks and a MoT test certificate. An extremely handsome, sound and most useable Bentley motor car.

Reference Number 39603

as of 2/27/2009

Car 1969 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
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