Lot 124 - 1960 Bentley S2
|£21,000 - £25,000
- Long term ownership
- Complete toolkit
- Electric windows
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. 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.
This handsome Bentley S2 was consigned to our classic auction in November 2023 but for personal reasons was sadly withdrawn. We are therefore delighted to now offer this striking car for sale. The S2 has rediscovered popularity in recent years with purists enjoying its combination of the masculine looks of the S1 with the V8 engine of the S3. This impressive example was purchased 31 years ago from the famous marque specialist ‘The Chelsea Workshop’ who have until recently maintained the car. The dealer sticker is still present in the rear window. The DVLA record for this well maintained Bentley shows only two owners in its 64 years on the road. This impressive car is offered to auction with a complete and original set of tools and toolkit including the factory supplied torch. Similar toolkits are available on the internet for £2,000! We are informed that 15 years ago this Bentley was treated to a bare metal, windows out respray to a very high standard by a specialist in Cornwall. The Pine Green paintwork is still in good order, the shut lines are excellent, and the doors close with a reassuring clunk. At this time the carpets were replaced, and the woodwork polished. Both are still in good order. The red leather interior appears to be original, and although worn, shows a tremendous patina. The chrome and brightwork is excellent. The under-bonnet area is very clean and the boot area is superb. There is also a complete set of tools including an original inspection torch. Although this fabulous Bentley hasn’t seen much use recently, it has benefitted from re-commissioning and maintenance work at a cost of £4,000. This has included the fitting of new brake master cylinders, refurbished fuel pumps, new seals, new battery and a change of fluids. Unfortunately, a fire at a storage facility destroyed all the paperwork and invoices relating to this car however any prospective can see the obvious quality and genuine nature of this car.
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