Lot 271 - 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur

Lot 271 - 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur

Lot 271 - 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur

Lot Number 271
Registration 693BYV
Chassis Number BC63AR
Engine Number A62BC
Result Sold - £69,440

For Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the star of the 1959 London Motor Show was their first all alloy V8 engine found in both the Bentley S2 and its cousin, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The engine produced approximately 200bhp (Bentley and Rolls-Royce would never quote horsepower figures, preferring to state that it was adequate) and, by virtue of its alloy construction, weighed the same as the 4.8-litre six-cylinder engine it replaced. The result was a smoother, more powerful ride. Bentley also offered the S2 in the elegant ""Continental""; the highest specification of the chassis. Although quite similar to the standard S2, the Continentals featured upgraded brakes and a higher rear axle ratio to handle the more demanding requirements for high speed cruising on the European continent, with its more modern motorways. Continentals were consistently faster, quieter and more comfortable than standard production cars. Most Bentley S2s carried factory ""Standard Steel Saloon"" coachwork, which satisfied the company's commercial requirements, but not necessarily those of all its customers. For those preferring something more exclusive, Bentley and Rolls-Royce were still offering bespoke coachwork, which was executed by and large on the Bentley Continental, as opposed to the standard S2 by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward. Both coachbuilding companies were owned by Rolls-Royce.

The chassis BC63AR was originally ordered by Sir Duncan Orr-Lewis in 1959 and sent to the coachbuilders H J Mulliner the following year to have this stunning four door, six light, Flying Spur aluminium body built. Service records from November 1961 to July 1962 show the car as being cared for by Jack Barclay, and the owner to be Maxwell Joseph of Claridges Street in Mayfair, London W1. In the 1960's, during the ownership of Maxwell Joseph, who was chairman of Grand Metropolitan, the owners of some of the best hotels in Paris, the Bentley spent time on the continent, as denoted by the French identity plate under the bonnet and French worded switches in the car. In 1974 the car came into the ownership of Mr. Harold Garratt who used the car for regular holidays to Yorkshire and Scotland, and trips to rugby internationals at Twickenham where it was always parked in the west car park. From 1992 until his death in 2004, the car was stored in the garage at his family home. Shortly after, the family had the car re-commissioned by Rolls-Royce specialists RR & B in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire at a cost of approximately £20,000. In recent years the brakes have been overhauled, serviced and the engine mounts have been replaced. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate and invoices for the recent work carried out. This 1960 Bentley Flying Spur is a true classic gentleman's express!

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