Bentley S Series,
Lot 417
1958 Bentley S1 Standard Steel Saloon Chassis no. B247EK Engine no. BE448
Sold for £10,350 (US$ 17,396) inc. premium
Lot Details
1958 Bentley S1 Standard Steel Saloon
Registration no. VGU 220
Chassis no. B247EK
Engine no. BE448


  • 'The Bentley 'S' Series is a very attractive car with superb lines, appearance and finish. It costs a lot of money, but to the connoisseur who must have the best it is worth every penny. This will still be a glorious car in 45 years' time, just as my own 1911 Silver Ghost is today.' - John Bolster, Autosport, 1956.
    Conceived as replacements for the ageing Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type, the all-new Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were introduced early in 1955. The duo sported sleeker bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis - Rolls-Royce eschewing unitary construction for the time being - incorporating improved brakes and suspension, the latter featuring electrically controlled damping. Enlargement to 4,887cc and the adoption of a six-port cylinder head boosted the traditionally undisclosed power output of the dependable inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine, which for the first time was identical in specification in its Rolls and Bentley forms. Automatic transmission was now standard equipment, with manual transmission a Bentley-only option up to 1957. Fast - 100mph-plus - relatively economical and cheaper to maintain than the successor V8-engined versions, the classically elegant S1 is arguably the most user-friendly of all post-war Bentleys.
    This Bentley S1 is finished in Sage Green with grey leather interior and has the optional power assisted steering. The car has been in long term storage and the total of circa 55,000 miles displayed on the odometer is believed genuine. Offered with sundry service records, it is expected to have been MoT'd and driven to the sale. The accompanying Swansea V5 document lists only two owners and 'VGU 220' retains its original registration mark. An attractive original 'S' Series requiring some cosmetic improvement, it represents an opportunity to acquire a much sought-after Bentley model at relatively modest cost. No reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the Bentley is fitted with the correct 8:1 compression ratio engine with the larger twin HD8 S.U. Carburettors, not the 6.6:1 compression engine and the smaller HD6 carburettors as catalogued. The vendor has driven the car to the sale and assures us that it drives extremely well. However he pointed out that the power steering hose has split since arrival and will need replacing. It is also now offered with a fresh MoT.