2023 |Estate of Mark Smith Auction
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner
$100,000 - $130,000| Without Reserve
Formerly Owned by Famed Hollywood Actor Richard Anderson
A Rare Left-Hand-Drive Example in Striking Green over Black Leather
California Blue-Plate Car; Documented by Factory Records
4,887 CC F-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU HD6 Carburetors
Estimated 178 BHP
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Drum Brakes with Mechanical Servo
Front Independent Suspension with Wishbones and Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Electrically Controlled Dampers
The Bentley S-Type was debuted for the 1955 model year, offering visual improvements over the R-Type, but retaining the basic mechanical specification that made Bentleys from this period such fantastic motorcars. While over 3,500 S1 models were built, the top-specification Continental was limited to 431 examples, all of which were bodied by outside coachbuilders.
This S1 Continental is a 1958 Flying Spur model, denoting its four-door coachwork applied by H.J. Mulliner (body no. 6104). Copies of factory documents on file show that this Flying Spur was delivered to its first owner, John Dimick of Washington, D.C., through dealer J.S. Inskip in New York. Originally finished in Shell Grey over a blue and grey cloth interior, it was fitted from new with power steering and an automatic transmission.
While its interim history is unknown, circa the 1970s this Continental was purchased by famed actor Richard Anderson, whose successful role in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man allowed him to fulfill a long-held dream of owning a Flying Spur.
Now finished in the classic color combination of green over a black leather interior, this Continental was acquired by Mark Smith in 2020, and subsequently sent to Palma Auto Repair in Audubon, New Jersey. An invoice on file totaling nearly $10,000 shows that the brake, fuel, and charging systems were given significant attention.
Showing a warm patina from years of careful use, this Bentley still wears its California blue plate from its time with Richard Anderson, when it was reportedly a common sight in Hollywood and many red-carpet events around town. Its next owner will undoubtedly find its rich history a great conversation starter at marque meetings and tours.
*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.
Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.