Lot 114

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Two-Door Saloon

Coachwork by Park Ward

SOLD $231,000


$250,000 - $300,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Single Owner for the Past 32 Years
Accompanied by California Bentley Specialists’ Service Records from 1979
One of Just 69 Two-Door Saloons Produced
Recent Cosmetic Attention Includes Paint and Chrome
One of the Most Exclusive Bentleys of the Era

Technical Specs

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
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs and Wishbones
Semi-Elliptical Rear Leaf Springs with Electrically Controlled Piston-Type Dampers
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Designed for high-speed motoring, this early S Series Bentley was among the fastest motor cars of its time with a top speed of 120 mph. A reduced front area lessened drag, and the lightweight construction of these aluminumbodied coachbuilt cars, coupled with a more powerful engine and taller gearing, resulted in a supremely powerful sports tourer.

One of only 69 examples of Park Ward’s exquisite Design 701, chassis BC8BG was delivered on July 31, 1956, to its first owner, D. Mackinnon Esq. of England, optioned with the desirable one-piece taillights, coupled with subtle fins atop the rear wings. The current owner, a Los Angeles resident, acquired this Bentley in 1985 from a San Francisco enthusiast. The sporting saloon has provided steadfast service on countless family occasions over the past 32 years, ferrying at least one of his newborn children home for the first time. A recent refinish included re-chroming of the brightwork, and the interior’s polished walnut veneer wood trim and inviting green Connolly leather enhance the saloon’s glimmering new Mason’s Black exterior finish. As supported by a considerable file of receipts dating to the 1970s, the saloon has been consistently maintained, both mechanically and cosmetically, and the results of these efforts are obvious.

Rare, beautifully appointed, and elegantly understated, this sporting Bentley is not only a joy to drive but is also certain to be a showstopper at most any gala event or concours d’elegance.