Registration no. 470 APG (see text) Chassis no. B231BC Engine no. BB240
'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-Series (retrospectively the 'S1') 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 was first owned by a Mr John Stroyan from Sunningdale, Berkshire, who kept the car until 1977 when it was sold to a Roger Haywood. Around 1985 the car was sold by a Mr Saito (in the UK) to Dick Goeken in Texas, USA. Around 1997 the Bentley was offered for sale by marque specialists Hofmann's of Henley and in 1998 was sold to the Hans Bezemer Collection. The original UK registration plates '470 APG' that were supplied and fitted by the factory (as can be seen on the chassis card details) are included in the sale. 'B231BC' is finished in its original colour scheme of two-tone grey with blue leather interior. Currently insured, registered and driven regularly in the Netherlands, the Bentley is described by the vendor as in lovely, original, rust free condition and comes with a fully documented history including an old-style logbook, numerous invoices and correspondence between former owners. We are advised that the car has been fully serviced and is fault free. A genuine total of only 41,161 miles is displayed on the odometer.