1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé   Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236
Lot 334
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé
Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236
Sold for £79,900 (US$ 107,348) inc. premium

Lot Details
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé   Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé   Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé   Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé   Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé   Chassis no. BC27AR Engine no. P236
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé
Chassis no. BC27AR
Engine no. P236

Footnotes

  • 'In the twilight of their coachbuilding years, James Young had with these cars reached the pinnacle of excellence.' - Martin Bennett, Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

    Described by The Autocar as, 'A new stage in the evolution of the post-war Bentley,' the magnificent Continental sports saloon has been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction on the R-Type chassis in 1952. With the arrival in 1955 of the final generation of six-cylinder cars, the all-new Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type, the Continental lost some of its individuality but none of its exclusivity. Dependable though it had proved, Rolls-Royce's six-cylinder engine was nearing the end of its development. At the same time the company was facing increased competition from faster rivals in the vital United States market, and it was, principally, these two factors that prompted the switch 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. 'The Bentley S2, with its sister Rolls-Royce models, gives high-speed travel in silence and luxury, while the driver and passengers enjoy the sense of well being that only British craftsmanship can give. The V8 engine, with its flashing acceleration, certainly contributes to the result and is a definite step forward in Rolls-Royce technique,' enthused Autosport. There were few significant changes to the running gear, though power-assisted steering was now standard and the manual gearbox had been dropped, Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic transmission being the sole offering.

    Despite the popularity of the 'standard steel' bodywork, introduced when production of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars resumed after WW2, a steadily declining number of independent coachbuilders continued to offer alternatives. Arguably the most stylish were those produced to clothe the Bentley Continental which, of course, was only ever available with bespoke coachwork. One of the most prominent of these surviving firms was James Young, a company that had established itself among the foremost coachbuilders for upmarket chassis by the end of the 1930s. The Bromley-based carriage-maker had bodied its first automobile in 1908, affiliating itself with a succession of quality marques throughout the 1920s and 1930s before being acquired by the Jack Barclay Group in 1937. Its factory devastated by wartime bombing, the company did not resume exhibiting at the London Motor Shows until 1948, continuing to offer coachbuilt designs of distinction on (mainly) Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis until the arrival of the unitary construction Silver Shadow/T-Series range in the 1960s. A lack of suitable chassis would force the firm's closure before the 'Sixties decade ended, but in its declining years James Young produced what are widely recognised as its finest creations, this beautiful two-door Continental among them.

    In total, James Young bodied 41 S2 Continental chassis, completing five in this particular style, of which this right-hand drive car is believed to be the sole survivor. The current vendor purchased the Bentley at Bonhams' Monaco auction in May 2008 (Lot 113) and it remains in essentially the same condition today. We are advised by the vendor that although the car is in generally condition and runs well, it would benefit from a mechanical overhaul and/or full restoration. Offered with French Carte Grise.
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