ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ

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Lot 635
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon
Registration no. 179 CYT Chassis no. BC48CZ

Sold for £ 37,800 (US$ 50,314) inc. premium
ex-Bernie Ecclestone
1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Registration no. 179 CYT
Chassis no. BC48CZ

Footnotes

  • 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 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 ‘BC48CZ’ was supplied new via London dealers H R Owen to M O Lewis & Co and was originally finished in Regal Red with beige interior trim. In 1986 the Continental passed into the ownership of collector John Edwards, of Great Falls, Virginia, USA, who kept the car until the early 1990s when Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone acquired it for his own private collection. We understand that the car was fully maintained during his ownership, both in the USA and subsequently here in the UK. Finished in Valentine Cream with beige hide interior, it has been fully serviced and all the interior woodwork re-polished. We are advised that air conditioning is installed but not functioning at present. Presented in generally good condition, this rare and beautiful four-door Continental is offered with sundry invoices, current MoT and Swansea V5.

ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
ex-Bernie Ecclestone,1962 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC48CZ
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