Long-term East Coast ownership
1962 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis no. BC91CZ
Engine no. P4583
Body no. 6554
6,231cc OHV V8 engine
Twin SU carburetors
197bhp at 4,500rpm
Four-speed GM Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
Independent front suspension and rear live axle with semi-elliptical springs
Four-wheel servo-assisted drum brakes
-Delivered new to the High Sheriff of Devon
-In the current ownership since 1973
-The ultimate 1960s sports sedan
The S2 Continental 'Flying Spur'
Eulogizing about Bentley's new 'S'-series cars, introduced in April 1955, The Autocar wrote, "the latest Bentley model offers a degree of safety, comfort and performance that is beyond the experience and perhaps even the imagination of the majority of the world's motorists." Later, in October that same year, the Bentley Continental became available on the 'S' chassis, the model having been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction in R-Type form in 1952.
Rolls-Royce had envisaged the Bentley Continental as exclusively a two-door car, but late in 1957 the decision was taken to sanction the production of a four-door variation by H J Mulliner. Introduced on the S1 Continental and known as the 'Flying Spur', this design was a collaborative effort by Rolls-Royce's in-house styling department and H J Mulliner, and bore a strong resemblance both to the two-door Continental and to existing coachbuilt four-door styles on Rolls-Royce and (non-Continental) Bentley chassis. To the Continental's existing qualities of pace and elegance, the Flying Spur added four-door practicality, a more spacious interior and generously proportioned boot. The Flying Spur body style continued on the V8-engined S2 Continental and was revised to incorporate the S3's four-headlamp front end following the latter's introduction in 1962.
The Motorcar Offered
One of the final S2s built and clothed in design no. 7508's 4-door and 6-light 'Flying Spur' bodywork, BC91CZ was ordered new by John A. Day, Esq, the High Sheriff of Devon in 1949, and delivered on March 29th, 1962 via Jack Barclay's dealership. Originally ordered in Caribbean Blue with Off White upholstery, special requests were made for the seat belts (ordered as optional three-point belts up front) to be color-dyed to match the seats and for an inflatable lumbar support to be fitted in the driver seat. Additionally, the option boxes for power windows and radio aerial were also ticked.
Fitted with a full length Webasto sunroof for open air motoring and repainted burgundy, BCD91CZ has been part of the current vendor's collection since 1973. Modified with a 4-headlight front end and an S3 badge, it is one of only 114 Bentley S2s built with Flying Spur design 7508. This Bentley was the ultimate saloon of its day, promising sporting performance when on mountain roads and superior waftability when ambling about town. Bentley has even further immortalized it by rekindling the Continental Flying Spur name and style with its best selling sedan. All it takes to buy a new Flying Spur is a check, but opportunities to buy the original are few and far betweenand not to be missed.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit