Lot 151 - 1957 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon

Coachwork by James Young

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ESTIMATE €130,000- €170,000

Auction 2016 mondial de l'automobile paris
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Lot Number 151
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number BC 26 CH
Year 1957
Make Bentley
Model S1 Continental

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Launched in April 1955 the Bentley SI and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud were virtually identical with the exception of the grille and badging details. Both of these models were recipients of Managing Director Arthur Sedgreaves’ new production and manufacturing techniques, which produced the Standard Steel Saloon.

The Standard Steel Saloon fulfilled the company’s commercial requirements, but not necessarily those of all its customers. For those preferring something more elegant or more exclusive, England’s coachbuilders were still offering bespoke coachwork.

As in true coachbuilding tradition, many design variations were possible on the same theme. Those who could afford such cars were limited only by their imagination, particularly regarding interior furnishings and custom touches. Most of the Bentley Ss were bodied by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward, but James Young of Bromley also decided to produce bespoke coachwork for the S Continental.

This four door Continental sporting saloon, often referred to as the “James Young Flying Spur” was very similar in design to the H.J. Mulliner “four light”, but the James Young design was smoother and more subtly curvaceous than the Mulliner version. The doors and wings were more rounded in profile with greater “tumblehome” and the boot line curved distinctly downwards in comparison to the more rectangular boot of the Mulliner Flying Spur.

This beautiful example was restored in the late 1980s by the renowned Peter Fischer of London, and is now presented in excellent condtion in all respects. This supremely stylish Bentley is finished in a stunning combination of Pewter with a Tan leather interior.

Cette berline quatre portes Continental est souvent appelée la  « James Young Flying Spur », elle ressemble à la H.J. Mulliner «  four light » mais la ligne de la James Young est plus douce et a des courbes plus subtiles que la Mulliner. Les portières et les ailes ont un profil  plus arrondi avec plus de « rentrée » et la courbure du coffre s’incline distinctement vers le bas contrairement  au coffre rectangulaire de la Mulliner Flying Spur.

Ce beau modèle a été restauré à la fin des années 1980 par le célèbre Peter Fischer De Londres et est maintenant en excellent état. Cette Bentley très stylée est de couleur étain avec un intérieur en cuir marron.


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