1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC

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Lot 138
1959 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon

Sold for € 184,000 (US$ 203,798) inc. premium
1959 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Chassis no. BC12LAR
Engine no. A12BC
•Rare and exclusive four-door Flying Spur model
•Left-hand drive
•Current ownership since 2013
•Exceptionally well documented
•Registered in Monaco

This Bentley S2 Continental features the elegant, H J Mulliner-designed, 'Flying Spur' four-door coachwork, and is one of 54 with left-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. 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.

Left-hand drive chassis number 'BC12LAR' was delivered new in the USA via the importer J S Inskip and first owned by a Mrs Audrey E Shaw, who kept the Bentley until 1976 when it passed to Edgar Bravo of Coral Gables, Florida. While in Florida, the car was extensively restored by marque specialists Vantage Motor Works of Miami, whose bill for $71,000 is on file. In 2003 Mr Bravo sold the Bentley to a prominent Dutch collector, and the car has had one intervening owner between the latter and the current vendor, who purchased it at a European auction in 2013.

Following the Bentley's return to Europe, the engine was rebuilt by a Belgian specialist (in 2010) at a cost of over €30,000. The bill for the engine rebuild is on file together with numerous others tracing the car's history back to its delivery in 1959. This most comprehensive history file also contains the original purchase invoice; previous owners' registration documents and correspondence with the factory; and a quantity of restoration photographs.

'BC12LAR' is finished in dark grey with beige leather interior, while noteworthy features include air conditioning, tinted windows, rear picnic table, original radio (with electric aerial), and even an altimeter (useful for alpine driving). Currently registered in Monaco, this rare and beautiful Flying Spur is ready for use and comes with its original tool kit and instruction manual.
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1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
1959 Bentley  S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC12LAR Engine no. A12BC
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