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Thursday, August 27, 2009

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)


The success of the R Type Continental between 1952 and 1955 lead to the creation of the S1 Continental chassis, which was released in April of 1955. For the first time Bentley enthusiasts had a greater choice of coachwork designs to choose from with H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward responsible for bodying the majority of the 431 S1 Continentals produced. One of the most popular designs was the fastback coachwork by H.J. Mulliner, design number 7400. It was modified to fit the 3 inch longer S1 Continental chassis and in styling terms was adapted further from the R Type Continental with a raised front wingline and less bulbous rear wings with a higher line which were finished with stylish new swage lines. Chassis number BC99AF is one of just one hundred and twenty three right hand drive all aluminium bodied S1 Continental Fastback’s built between 1955 and 1959. This particular example was extensively restored around four years ago and has been used very sparingly ever since. During the restoration process power steering was fitted which is an important upgrade to most owner/drivers. The car was re-painted to a very high standard in velvet green and re-trimmed by Frank Dale & Stepsons in beige leather. New carpets were fitted throughout the car, including the boot, and the walnut woodwork was removed and re-polished. Some areas of chrome were re-plated and the car was fully reviewed mechanically. Frank Dale & Stepsons have maintained the car over the past few years, so its pedigree and quality are well known to us. It comes complete with all of its original small tools, stored in the boot compartment, and a nice reproduction handbook stowed in the glovebox. BC99AF will also be fully checked and serviced in our workshops prior to delivery as per our usual policy. The S1 Continental Fastback is unquestionably one of the most stylish Bentleys ever produced and remains as popular as ever amongst collectors and enthusiasts. This particular motor car should be seriously considered by anyone looking at acquire a superior example of this most sought after model.

Condition : In very good condition. Restored in recent years and sparingly used ever since.

Technical Data : Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 6 cylinder in-line configuration engine, 4.9 litres displacement, 4887cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.

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