Lot 264 - 1957 Bentley SI Continental Saloon by HJ Mulliner
|Chassis Number||BC14 DJ|
|Result||Sold - £98,560|
Beginning with the R-Type Continental in 1954, the S-series Continental chassis would go on to carry no fewer than eleven variations of four-door sporting saloon between 1957 and 1965, all bearing the revered 'Continental' title and being born from coach-builders as celebrated as Park Ward, Franay, Graber and Farina with top-billing being reserved for the unimpeachable H.J. Mulliner of Chiswick, West London. The Series I continental was known simply as a saloon whilst the later SII's were subsequently referred to as Flying Spurs.
The car offered for sale here today represents the first variant of its type and registered new on 7th December, 1957 to Mr. Angus MacKinnon Esq. Chairman of a private bank, Brown, Shipley & Co. It was bought as a present for his wife, resident at Hunton Manor, Hampshire, Mrs. M. MacKinnon who kept the six-light sports saloon until 28th October, 1960 when it passed hands to Berkley Square Garages Ltd, Berkley Square, London W1. Here the original registration number was transferred from 'KLL 125' to its present '609 HYP'. It then passed to Adams & Adams Ltd. of New Maldon, Surrey on 20th March, 1962. The subsequent owner, Mr. Khan Esq. of NMT Trading, purchased it on 17th January, 1964 keeping the vehicle until 3rd December, 1983 when title eventually passed to Dr. Peter Mattewman. Dr. Mattewman commissioned a degree of restorative works to the car during his ownership including a bare metal re-spray and replacement beige West of England headlining. Furthermore, the vehicle's chromework was re-plated, a restored period radio was installed, both carburettors were rebuilt and new coil and HT leads were fitted very recently before Dr. Mattewman sold the vehicle in summer of 2013 after a thirty year ownership. This most impressive motorcar is painted in Seychelles Blue metallic with a mid-blue interior hide. It sports an automatic transmission with power steering; however, interestingly, BC14DJ left the factory with a manual synchromesh gearbox making it a believed one of only four examples in the S1 Continental range fitted with this option. In fact, BC14DJ Is only one of nineteen D-series Flying Spur's in a total of only 167 righthand drive examples built to design number 7443.
This rare coach-built car is an all-important numbers matching vehicle with all factory chassis build-sheets. It is taxed and sports a new MoT test certificate, even though by law it does not require one. As you would expect, she drives very well indeed. The engine is reported to be silky smooth and the transmission shifts with ease, a new stainless steel exhaust has only just been fitted along with new hand-painted coach lines. The interior has been completely removed and fully refurbished including all of the leather with new French polishing to all veneers and now looks beautiful. It is shod with the correct 820x15 cross-ply tyres and has over 85 hours of very recent work carried out with an Invoice totalling over £18,500. This rare coachbuilt H.J.Mulliner saloon looks fabulous and would grace any serious collection.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.