1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ

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One of just 54 factory delivered left hand drive examples
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR

Sold for US$ 225,500 inc. premium
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner

Chassis no. BC59LCZ

6,230cc OHV Alloy V8 Engine
SU Carburetors
200bhp
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Exquisitely restored example of Bentley's Classic Continental
*One of just 54 factory delivered left hand drive examples
*Delivered new through Rolls-Royce New York, USA
*Offered with copies of factory built sheets and restoration records
*Ready for high-class touring or concours shows



THE BENTLEY CONTINENTALS

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.

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 all-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 exclusively as a two-door car, but late in 1957 the decision was taken to sanction the production of a four-door variation by famous coach building company 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, bearing a strong resemblance both to the two-door Continental and to existing coach built four-door styles on Rolls-Royce and (non-Continental) Bentley chassis. 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.

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, making it even more suited to extended touring of far-flung destinations.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Continental chassis no. BC59LCZ started assembly at the legendary Creve-based Bentley works during the summer of 1961. Configured from new as one of the just 54 left hand drive chassis completed, BC59LCZ was shipped off to coach builders H.J. Mulliner on July 18, 1961 to receive the sporting, lightweight 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon coachwork. The Bentley would be finished in Whitehall Grey, and trimmed with a Scarlet Red Interior, equipped for the US market where Rolls-Royce of New York, a subsidiary of J.S. Inskip would become the retailer, although Rallye Motors Inc. sold the car to the first owner. The finished Continental was equipped with Sundym Glass, power windows and luggage straps, and left the UK onboard SS Sidonica on January 29, 1962, destined for New York.

The first owner listed on the Bentley chassis records was Mr. Walter Schwindt, a resident of the prominent New York Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, New York, NY. The car is believed to have remained in Mr. Schwindt's ownership until the late 1970s, when fellow New Yorker Rudolf Maschke of Centerport, NY took ownership of the car, before selling it to Mr. Mitchel Cahn of Great Neck, NY. The car is believed to have relocated to Denver some years later, where the consignor purchased what is said to have been a very solid and original car. Between 2012 and 2014, a comprehensive restoration was carried out, returning the sporting Continental to its former shine. The exterior was refinished in elegant and period-correct Shell Grey over Tudor Grey, while the chrome and brightwork was refurbished. The interior wood and upholstery was also restored to the as-delivered condition.

This exquisite Bentley S2 Continental features the elegant, H. J. Mulliner-designed, lightweight 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon coachwork, and is one of the 54 left-hand drive cars produced, out of a total of 125 completed in this style on the S2 chassis. The car is offered with the original owners handbook, copies of factory built sheets and restoration records. Offered here is a true piece of Crewe history.
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1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR  Chassis no. BC59LCZ
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