1958 Bentley

S-1 Continental Saloon Coachwork By James Young

Dark Green with Tobacco Tan leather interior with Green carpeting edges Tobacco Tan, Superb Restoration, One of just three Left-Hand-Drive James Young-Designed CT29 examples produced and the only known example in existence today.

While both the S-Type and Silver Cloud were most frequently presented with factory-made steel saloon bodies, a limited number were cloaked by external coachbuilders. Of those few bespoke examples produced, the most desirable are based upon the high-performance Bentley S1 Continental chassis. As implied by its name, the Continental provided nearly effortless long-distance, high-speed capability with brisk acceleration and over 120 mph on tap. Offering sports-car-like performance while carrying up to five passengers, plus luggage, with uncanny ease, the S1 Continental remains a watershed model and a true object of desire today.

This wonderful example, chassis BC23LEL, features particularly elegant and sporting handbuilt aluminum coachwork by James Young & Co. to design no. CT29, and it is one of three left-hand-drive examples built. At the time, James Young produced the highest quality and most luxuriously appointed examples of the Continental. Often coined the James Young Flying Spur, these cars garnered finer detailing than their H.J. Mulliner contemporaries. Commanding in all respects, its original cost was £8,295, making it the most expensive Continental model available.

This S1 was imported new to the US by J.S. Inskip and delivered to Mobile, Alabama. Further, it was the first S1 to enter the US with factory-fitted air-conditioning.

Purchased in 1992 by the current owner, BC23LEL underwent a meticulous ground-up restoration to factory-correct specifications over the next three years at Vantage Motorworks, the internationally acclaimed Miami firm.

Beginning in 1996, the S1 Continental garnered an exceptional string of awards. Under RROC scrutiny at Atlantic Regional and National Concours, it received Best Post War, Best in Show, First in Class, and three Special Senior Awards. At the 1997 and 2001 editions of the Greenwich Concours dElegance, it received Best English Coachwork and First Place European, respectively. First place awards followed for British Coach Built at Quail Lodge in 2004 and British Coach Work at Amelia Island in 2005. Next, the impressive restoration was prepared for display at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance. The detailed restoration was continually bettered after each showing, with an aim to fix any minor fault in aspiration of a perfect score.

Now offered BC23LEL remains excellent and clearly benefits from temperature-controlled storage and very light exercise. In addition to its prolific and highly successful show career, this S1 Continental has graced several editions of The Flying Lady, the official publication of the RROC. BC23LEL is accompanied by an incomparable selection of documentation, tools, maintenance and restoration documents, photographs, judging reports, trophies and ribbons. It is also equipped with an exceedingly rare spares travel kit and James Young model brochure.

As one of three produced and the sole example known to exist, this left-hand-drive James Young-bodied 1958 Bentley S1 Continental exemplifies the ultimate bespoke motorcar of its era and the postwar high-water mark of Britains world-renowned coach building industry.

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