1961 Bentley S2 Continental

*  Vendor supplied photographs
** Please note that Vendor will pay all applicable UK registration fees and duties prior to handover of the vehicle. The car will be supplied with a UK registration number

Highlights

  • One of only 388 S2 Continentals 
  • Distinctive Bentley design not shared with Rolls Royce 
  • Attractive black and red colour combination 
  • Good condition inside and out 
  • Will be supplied with UK registration papers and plates

The Appeal 

The S2 Continental was that most Bentley of convertibles. More of a road-going yacht than a motor car, it oozed style and hand-built charisma.  
Just 388 were built by H J Mulliner to a design that was unique to Bentley rather than an adapted Rolls-Royce style. As such these cars are beloved of enthusiasts. 
Opportunities to buy them come along rarely because owners tend to hang onto them. Which makes this ’61 a rare buy, particularly in its compelling black and red colour scheme. In very good condition with an exquisite burgundy interior,  it is recently imported and will be UK registered by the Vendor prior to handover.

History and Paperwork 

  • LHD model possibly sold originally into the USA 
  • We are told that this is a 1961 model 
  • The car appears to have been restored and features an upgraded interior 
  • Currently unregistered, however will be UK registered at Vendor's expense prior to handover

The Condition 

  • Stand-out black paintwork with contrasting red roof and burgundy interior 
  • Condition is very good throughout appearing to be older restoration that has been well kept 
  • Sits smartly on whitewall tyres in fair condition 
  • Chromework in good order with bright, clean finish and no visible damage 
  • High quality paint finish with no visible chips or marks across surfaces 
  • Lights in good order with no visible cracks or damage 
  • Panel fit reflects the quality of the construction with clean, straight lines throughout 
  • Timeless styling with neat features including optional driving lights which work correctly 
  • Red fabric roof finished to a high quality with clean finish and clear rear window 
  • Engine bay finished in white, which appears to be factory correct 
  • Classic split bonnet harks back to the earlier vintage Bentley models 
  • Well kept interior with sumptuous deep leather front and rear seats in good order 
  • These have been trimmed to a high standard and show no light patina but this adds to character 
  • Veneers appear to have been replaced across the dashboard and are to a good quality 
  • Factory two spoke Bakelite wheel in good order 
  • Carpets in good condition and trimmed to a good standard with replacement black carpets in boot 
  • Modern Bluetooth Pioneer stereo fitted 
  • Aftermarket period air conditioning system fitted under dash with minimal cabin adaption 

The Mechanics 

  • 6,200cc Rolls Royce hand built V8 L410 engine running on carburettors 
  • 4spd automatic GM gearbox with column shift 
  • The Vendor informs us that the car runs well, however has not been used in recent years and as such would benefit from a  general recommissioning prior to road use.
BEFORE YOU BUY 
This sale is subject to the Car & Classic Terms and Conditions. By bidding and/or making an offer, you also agree to the following: 
If the seller is registered as a private seller, consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not apply. Car & Classic’s return policy applies. 
A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
✓ Buyers are responsible for vehicle collection or delivery. 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1961
  • Make Bentley
  • Model S2
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Mileage 2,810 Miles
  • Engine size 6200
  • Seller Type Trade
  • County Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
74 Bids
  • riccard•••• £109,000 22/12/23
  • Flowerm•••• £108,000 21/12/23
  • Phch104•••• £107,000 18/12/23
  • riccard•••• £106,999 18/12/23
  • riccard•••• £106,000 18/12/23
  • Phch104•••• £105,000 18/12/23
  • Phch104•••• £104,000 18/12/23
  • riccard•••• £103,000 18/12/23
  • Phch104•••• £102,000 18/12/23
  • riccard•••• £101,000 18/12/23

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