1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA
Lot 241
1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner Registration no. TBA Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA
£80,000 - 100,000
US$ 130,000 - 170,000
amended
Auction Details
1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA 1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282 Engine no. TBA
Lot Details
1960 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Registration no. TBA
Chassis no. BC124AR Body no. 6282
Engine no. TBA

Footnotes

  • This Bentley S2 Continental features the elegant, H J Mulliner-designed, 'Flying Spur' four-door coachwork, and is one of only 71 with right-hand drive out of a total of 125 completed in this style on the S2 chassis.

    Eulogising 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.

    Having relied exclusively on six-cylinder engines since civilian production resumed at the war's end, Rolls-Royce secured its long-term future by turning to V8 power as the 1960s approached. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their Silver Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though their performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy engine. Power-assisted steering was now standard and there was no longer the option of a manual gearbox, Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic transmission being the sole offering.
    The S2 Continental chassis differed by virtue of its shorter radiator, four-leading-shoe front drum brakes and - up to chassis number BC99BY - higher gearing. Independent coachbuilders continued to offer alternatives to the factory's 'standard steel' bodywork, perhaps the most stylish being those produced to cloth the Bentley Continental which was, of course, only ever available with bespoke coachwork.

    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 a 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.

    Chassis number 'BC124AR' was retailed new via Rippon Brothers Ltd of Huddersfield and first owned by A Lee & Sons Ltd of the Trubrite Works, Meadowhall, Sheffield. The copy chassis card notes that it was for the use of Colonel K C Lee and lists only one subsequent owner: W S Trimble of Dalston, Cumbria (from 26th March 1965). Special features listed include Piper electric windows; combined parking/flashing lights; 501TA radio; electric aerial; stowage for jerrycan and two sets of golf clubs; and 'seating to suit owner'. Provision was also to be made for the owner's Halda Speed Pilot, while the car's original colour scheme was two-tone Pacific Green/Almond Green with black interior trim.

    Previously registered in the UK as '211 XKJ' but currently registered in Germany, the Continental is offered from a prominent private collection where it was fully restored in the early 2000s, including an interior re-trim, by the collection's resident motor engineer (bills on file). The car has participated in two Continental rallies since completion but apart from that has seen relatively little use. It is expected to taxed, MoT'd and possess a V5C registration document by time of sale. Serviced, driving without fault and ready to enjoy, this ultimate four-door Grande Routière is offered with full tool kit and a most extensive history file, viewing of which is essential.

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to advise that the Bentley is now UK registered, possessing a V5C with registration number 864 UYE. The car also now has an MOT and tax disc. A weep in the power steering pipe has been identified and will be repaired at the vendors expense post sale.
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