Lot 284 - 1961 12858 S2
|Odometer reading||89,000 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
For Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the star of the 1959 London Motor Show was their first all alloy V8 engine to be 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. Most Bentley S2's carried factory 'Standard Steel Saloon' coachwork satisfying the company's commercial requirements and in total 2308 Bentley S2's were manufactured.
Originally registered on 1st March 1961, and featuring in the film 'Body of Evidence' and the U.S. television show 'Leverage', this delightful Bentley S2 is in highly original condition and presents in splendid order. We are advised by the vendor that she drives exceedingly well, with a quiet, even running engine and a lovely smooth automatic gearbox. The exterior shows no sign of having had any repairs and the two-tone pewter and silver paintwork is in excellent condition other than a couple of minor age related marks, although KGF148A shows no sign of any corrosion. The grey leather trim is in very good condition, as is the beautiful regal wooden dashboard and picnic tables. Recent work carried out on her includes a new brake master cylinder, brake shoes and wheel cylinders, together with four new white wall tyres. This Bentley S2 can only be described as remarkable, given its age, condition and estimate.
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