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Lot 564: Bentley S1 Sports Saloon

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Conceived as replacements for the ageing Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type, the all-new Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were introduced early in 1955. The duo sported sleeker bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis - Rolls-Royce eschewing unitary construction for the time being - incorporating improved brakes and suspension, the latter featuring electrically controlled damping. Enlargement to 4,887cc and the adoption of a six-port cylinder head boosted the traditionally undisclosed power output of the dependable inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine, which for the first time was identical in specification in its Rolls and Bentley forms. Automatic transmission was now standard equipment, with manual transmission a Bentley-only option up to 1957. Fast - 100mph/160km/h-plus - relatively economical and cheaper to maintain than the successor V8-engined versions, the classically elegant S1 is arguably the most user-friendly of all post-war Bentleys. This left-hand drive Bentley S1 comes with copy chassis card recording that it was manufactured with power steering and sold new in Paris to Mr Jean Delorme of 10 Boulevard Suchet. 'B271LFD' comes with Belgian registration papers (1981), California Certificate of Title (1986) and Demand d'Immatriculation d'un Vehicle in the current owner's name indicating that he acquired the Bentley in 1992. Finished in Midnight Blue (upper) and Shell Grey (lower) with beige leather interior, the car comes complete with tool tray and jack, and is described as 100% original and in excellent condition. The Bentley has recently undergone a full engine rebuild, carried out by Bentley Luxembourg, with relevant invoices on file.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number564
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€34000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€39100
Condition rating1
Registration number
Chassis numberB271LFD
Engine numberBF460
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Engine - cylinders
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