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1955 Bentley S1 Continental

Year : 1955
Make : Bentley
Model : S1 Continental
Coachbuilder : Park Ward
Price : P.O.A.
Body Type : Drophead Coupe (Adaptation)
Colour : Dark Green
Trim : Tan Leather
Condition : Very good throughout
Technical Data : Four speed automatic gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line configuration engine, 4.9 litres displacement, 4887cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.

History

The tremendous success Bentley enjoyed with the R Type Continental continued onto the S Series chassis in late 1955 with a range of new bodies available to collectors. The Park Ward fixed head coupe and drophead coupe designs on the R Type Continental chassis were originally the brain child of legendary coachwork designer John Blatchley who had been involved in the styling of the R Type Continental by H.J. Mulliner. Six R Type Continental chassis were delivered to the Park Ward works, which were then owned by Rolls-Royce. Blatchley was given the task of styling the four drophead coupes and the two further fixed head coupes on the R Type Continental chassis, designs which were later slightly adapted for the marginally longer S1 Continental chassis. Chassis No BC21AF which we are currently offering for sale was originally completed in late 1955 in the form of a fixed head coupe by Park Ward and supplied by James Young Ltd to its first owner Mr A.C Johnson of Sevenoaks in Kent. It changed hands on six occasions up until the late 1980s when the decision was taken to convert the car into a drophead coupe. Correct hood dimensions were taken from an original S1 Continental drophead coupe by Park Ward and replicated onto Chassis No BC21AF, producing a motor car that is indistinguishable from and original drophead coupe produced by Park Ward at their works in Willesden. The front windscreen was changed to mirror an original car as were the seat squabs. The work was beautifully executed by noted Bentley specialist A.B. Price and his hard work has stood the test of time in the ensuing years that have followed. The car was acquired by its most recent owner in June 2000 and since then the car has been restored to a very good standard. The previous sand and sable coachwork was restored structurally and then repainted in dark green and a new green hood was fitted. The woodwork was restored, interior improvements were implemented and the chrome was restored. The mechanical aspects were also improved, with the engine overhauled and regular servicing and maintenance carried out to ensure correct performance and pleasurable motoring. All of the works are documented in the cars history file with invoices and photographs to detail the restoration and improvements carried out. The car is in very good order throughout and comes complete with an original handbook and all tools present and correct, including a complete small tool set in the Park Ward box concealed in the boot. Although not an original drophead coupe by Park Ward, this car has been rewarded at concours level for its elegance and beauty, fooling even the experts. And being a car that has changed in appearance, it also does not command the price tag of an original drophead coupe by Park Ward, making it an attractive proposition to many who admire the coachwork designs of John Blatchley during his time at Park Ward. This beautiful example should be seen in person and driven to be truly appreciated and it is a car we are delighted to be able to offer for sale at this time.

If you would like to make an enquiry about this vehicle, please contact us by phone on 020 8847 5447 or by email at sales@frankdale.com