Lot 256 - 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur by H.J. Mulliner
|Odometer reading||7,925 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £85,000|
|Result||Sold - £80,640|
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, it weighed the same as the 4.8-litre, six-cylinder engine it replaced resulting in a smoother, more powerful ride. Bentley also offered the S2 in the elegant 'Continental'; the highest specification of the chassis and although quite similar to the standard S2, it 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 S2's carried factory 'standard steel saloon' coachwork which satisfied the company's commercial requirements but for those preferring something more exclusive, Bentley and Rolls-Royce were still offering bespoke coachwork which was executed mostly on the Bentley Continental chassis by the Rolls-Royce owned coach building companies H.J. Mulliner & Co. and Park Ward & Co.
This very original 1962 Bentley Continental Flying Spur by H.J. Mulliner was supplied by Messrs. Rippon Brothers (Sheffield) and has had only two owners from new; the vendor purchased the car April 1972 from the company owned by the first owner, Mr Frank Hearnshaw, when the car had covered about 55,000 miles. This Flying Spur has been fully maintained throughout and has been serviced and repaired as necessary to its current and warranted mileage of 107,925 miles, in fact the car has only been driven 10,000 miles since 1987. Finished in Caribbean Blue with off white Connolly hide piped in blue carpets, this Continental still has all its original hand tools, torch, wheel changing tools and the hand book is complete with its wiring diagram and lubricating chart. It is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate, with no advisories, which expires on 22nd August 2015, the original 'Buff' log book first stamped 13th April 1962 and a large history file full of invoices from when the current owner purchased the car, the workshop orders between August 1968 to July 1971 and a letter dated April 1972 which gives the service history on record with Rippon Brothers between 1963 and 1967. This is a car of elegance and style that is still more than able to cruise at speed to the more exclusive events and resorts around the World.
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