Lot 212 - 1960 Bentley S2
|Odometer reading||87,000 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £32,000|
- Original UK supplied righthand drive example
- Matching numbers and fabulously elegant
The Bentley S2 Saloon and Continental models all received a shot in the arm in 1959 when introduced at London Motor Show, the Rolls-Royce/Bentley straight-six engine was replaced by an all-new aluminium V8 unit. The more muscular engine, producing approximately 200bhp, was designed primarily to deliver more torque, but it also allowed the company to deliver a product more in tune with its rivals in export markets. Of course, there were many rumours as to what the origins of the V8 engine were but Rolls-Royce always maintained it was an entirely in-house effort. As before, the Bentley S2 was a badge-engineered Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and was built to the same standards and luxury. The 6230cc unit installed in the S2 was smoothly powerful and transformed the Bentley into a grand tourer capable of running silently at speed all day long. Power steering was improved in the S2 but the General Motors automatic gearbox was the same as its predecessor and in fact Rolls-Royce continued to use the gearbox until the introduction of the Silver Shadow.
This example presented in good order throughout has been used regularly in recent times and is presented with a Rolls Royce radiator much like a Cloud II. The Bentley S2 had featured as part of a fleet of chauffeur driven cars for some years and has been maintained where necessary. Purchased by our vendor as part of a significant private collection, this example has benefitted from continual maintenance and when not in use stored inside in a professional ventilated Carcoon. The condition of the car is described as very good indeed, the silver over Tudor Grey paintwork and chrome show little signs of age, the red leather interior is also in good condition. The odometer reads 87,000 miles and we are informed this is a fully matching numbers UK example supplied new on 2nd November 1960. Representing a great investment opportunity, this will also give a collector or enthusiast many years of enjoyment and viewing is recommended.
Interested parties should note that contrary to the catalogue description, this vehicle is a Bentley S2 not a Rolls-Royce Cloud II
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