Lot 251 - 1956 Bentley S1
|Odometer reading||31,650 miles|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
Successor to the R-Type, the Bentley S1 was introduced in 1955 with a whole new chassis; the car's wheelbase had been extended 3" to 123", and the luggage compartment was expanded. The S1 had softer suspension than the R-Type, with electrically-controlled rear shock absorbers. Brakes had been improved, and the steering was lighter, even more so after 1957 with optional power assisted steering. This model marked the final integration of Bentley with Rolls-Royce - the standard saloons were now entirely alike, but for grills and badging. The engine was Rolls' 4887cc F-head six, in its final configuration before the introduction of V8 power in 1959. Manual gearboxes were supplied only to special order. With the introduction of the aluminium 6230cc V8 engine in 1959, the S1 Bentley became the S2, and the corresponding Rolls-Royce was renamed Silver Cloud II. The British Magazine, the Motor reported a top speed of 103 mph and 0-60 acceleration of 13.1 seconds from a short-wheelbase S1 in 1957.
This 1956 Bentley S1 was first supplied to Mac Dowall Equipment Co. Ltd. of Romford Essex. In January 1964, the next own owner was Frederick Meekins based in London SW7. By the mid 1970's, the car was based in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The next known owner was Hugh Smith who lived in Scotland and purchased the car in 1978. This S1 was the subject to recent re-paint but still requires restoration work carried out, the brakes require an overhaul, the steering box has a fault which means it requires replacement and it is currently on the wrong size tyres the rest of the restoration required is cosmetic but it appears to be structurally sound with the only rust problems located to the off side front wing. Finished in two tone green with the original green leather interior this Bentley S1 is supplied with a registration document, an original buff log book, a blue V5 registration document and the original handbook. A very good restoration project with a good engine and gearbox which starts well with no known faults. An ideal example for simple mechanical restoration for use next year at rallies and shows.
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