1961 Bentley

S-2 Continental Sports Coupe Coachwork By H.J. Mulliner

Navy Blue, Tan leather interior, Tan carpeting, Restored, 6.2 Liter V8 engine, Automatic gearbox, 1 of 221 produced, Collector ownership.

After success of the 1st generation of the S-series Bentleys and Silver Cloud Rolls Royces, a new powerplant was needed to improve power and keep up with the competition. By 1959, Rolls and Bentley introduced the 6.2 Liter V8, a vast improvement over the previous inline 6-cylinder cars. This made the new second generation Silver Cloud and S-series cars capable of high speeds in total comfort while maintaining the feel and performance Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners were accustomed to. While both the S-Series and Silver Clouds were most frequently presented with factory-made steel saloon bodies, a limited number were cloaked by external coachbuilders. One of the best in the business was H.J. Mulliner who bodied 221 cars of a total of just 388 S2 Continentals produced. The Continental provided nearly effortless long-distance, high-speed capability, brisk acceleration, top speed of 120 mph with the capability of carrying up to five passengers and luggage with uncanny ease. The S2 Continental remains a true object of desire today.

This superb example was sold new by Wessex Motors Ltd, of Salisbury, England. Its first registered owner, F. R. Readhead Esq, of Readhead Engineering in Salisbury. Originally delivered in Regal Red over Tan leather interior, this S2 has enjoyed long-term ownerships in both England and Germany. The S2 was acquired by a German dealer in 2003. It was subsequently restored with bodywork and paint by specialist Axel Meuten, of Dortmund, Germany and repainted Navy Blue. The S2 remained in Europe until being found in the ownership of well-known Rolls Royce and Bentley specialists Frank Dale & Stepsons. At this time, it was purchased by a good friend and client of Autosport Designs who purchased it and had Frank Dale convert it from RHD to LHD. It was then imported to the United States and used at his Newport, Rhode Island residence.

One of the most iconic cars of Bentleys rich heritage, this S-2 Continental represents the very best in build quality and craftsmanship. In superb in condition throughout, this S2 is well-sorted, serviced and perfect for both long range touring-rallies as well as for use around town.


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