1956 Bentley S1 Sedan  Chassis no. B242DB
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1956 Bentley S1 Sedan
Chassis no. B242DB
Sold for US$ 19,800 inc. premium
Lot Details
1956 Bentley S1 Sedan
Chassis no. B242DB
4,887cc OHV inline 6-cylinder engine
Twin SU carburetors
177bhp
4-speed automatic transmission
Independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

*Nicely kept, preserved example
*Mechanically well maintained
*One of Bentley's most iconic models


The Bentley S1

Bentley Motors Limited introduced their luxury 'S-type' in 1955. Its sleeker design replaced the signature "R type" the company was known for since 1946. It was a more generously sized five- or six-seater saloon with the body manufactured in pressed steel with stressed skin construction. The new S1 had a number of marked improvements mechanically, cosmetically, and ergonomically over its predecessor. Only 3072 S1 short-wheelbase sedans were produced but the shape remained in production with few modifications until late 1965 when it was replaced with the new monocoque T series.

The Motorcar Offered

This well-cared for Bentley was delivered new to Mr. Norman E.J. Miles in the UK but has spent most of its life in the Midwest. It is finished in a two tone Shell Grey over Cellon Blue—a slight change from its original Shell Grey over Black Pearl—and has its original light blue leather interior.

Repainted in the late 70's or early 80's, it still shows nicely with very few scratches and imperfections. A new headliner, new woodwork, and new carpets were also installed at that time. The picnic tables in the rear compartments of the front seats are in very nice condition. The leather interior has wonderful patina and remains in very good overall condition with some cracking, including the interior door pulls showing wear. The odometer reads just over 52,300 miles and is believed to be original. The flashlight and jack are in the trunk and are believed to be original to the car, as well a functional full size spare tire. Reported to be a strong running and driving car; a recent test drive revealed it to shift smoothly and stops easily. Always garage kept and brought out regularly for shows and events around the country, this is a true survivor and a stately example of a Bentley from this era.

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