Lot 308 - 1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
|Odometer reading||68,400 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,000|
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 2,308 Bentley S2's were manufactured.
This delightful Bentley S2 is finished in the stylish and desirable tones of velvet green over Tudor grey and is supplied with a large history file containing MoT test certificates, tax and service history dating back to 1992. The car underwent a body restoration in October 2000 through to May 2001 and has had further work carried out in July 2015 to the wings, arches and sills which were stripped back and refurbished; the inner arches were fully wax oiled. Further items overhauled at the time include a manifold and carburettor and in May of this year, a full rear brake overhaule was completed. Along with the history file, the original spare and tool kit are supplied as well as an MoT test certificate valid until 31st May 2017. Described by the vendor as being 8/10 in all respects, this fine Bentley offers an opportunity to purchase an attractive piece of British motoring heritage.
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