Primary Vehicle Information
- Price £125,000
- Mileage 61,024
- Exterior Color Metallic Wine Red
- Interior Color Tan Leather
- Doors Four
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.
Stratton Motor Company are pleased to offer this 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
Finished in Metallic Wine Red with Tan Leather interior and beige carpets,
Metal sun roof,
Coachwork done by H G Mulliner,
Recorded mileage 61024 believed to be genuine,
Benefits from a full repaint and re-trim,
Four door Sports Saloon
For further details please contact Roger or Marc on 01508 530491
Stratton Motor Company serving you since 1972.