First introduced in 1955, the Bentley S-Type (retrospectively known as the S1) was a larger car than the R-Type that it replaced, which itself was really a late 1940s design from the steel-rationing era. The S1’s power came from an enlarged version of the R-Type’s six cylinder, overhead valve head engine. Now of 4887cc, the new motor propelled the car to 120mph with 0-60 being achieved in under 13 seconds. Early cars were available with manual transmission, however most were fitted with a four-speed automatic gearbox, and (from 1956) power steering. The beautiful shape of the S1 used the car’s length to its full advantage, with the interior featuring all of the usual appointments expected in a Rolls Royce or Bentley of the period.
This beautifully example has enjoyed a restoration in 2015 and is now described as being excellent in all respects. Interestingly the car was modified, with the correct parts, to the attractive later Series 3 twin headlight arrangement, before being restored.
Finished in a delightful combination of Bordeaux Red metallic over Sand, and with a matching Beige leather interior, this car offers the ultimate in 1950s luxury, quality and design.