Description

  • One of only 14 “Four Light” versions built on the S1 Continental chassis
  • Identified as the H.J. Mulliner 1958 Earls Court Motor Show car
  • Equipped with optional power steering
  • Air-Conditioning
  • An exquisite example of an important post-war Bentley design
  • Arguably the most beautiful design of any 4-Door Continental
  • Absolutely sublime driving example

The Bentley S1 Continental contrasted strongly with the company’s “Standard Steel Saloons” of the late 1950s. While the chassis and engine were virtually identical between the two models, the Continental boasted a 2.923:1 rear axle, allowing the big six-cylinder mill, with its 8.0:1 compression ratio, to propel the car to sustained high speeds over long distances with incredible ease. The remarkable performance of the S1 Continental, along with its stunning good looks, made it the Bentley of choice for the fortunate few capable of affording it.

Among the most elegant and noteworthy coachbuilt bodies available on this chassis was H.J.Mulliner’s sports saloon, nicknamed “Flying Spur” after the heraldic device of one of Mulliner’s managing directors. With its smooth, flowing lines and sporty close-coupled styling, it was a predecessor of the popular “four-door coupes” built by modern luxury car manufacturers, as well as the inspiration for the modern Bentley Continental Flying Spur. For obvious reasons, then, it is considered among the most desirable S1 Continentals to be found today.

The S1 Continental Flying Spur was available in two models, with either four or six side windows; the four-window or “Four Light” variant, style number 7443/B, was the rarest, being used on only 14 S1 Continental chassis.

Chassis number BC2FM, is notated on its Rolls-Royce Chassis Specification Sheet as having been displayed on the Mulliner stand at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show in London. Mulliner supplied their own special rear brake lights, turn signals, and reflectors for the car. It was also fitted with a cowl-mounted radio antenna and special-ordered head, fender, fog, and number plate lights, as well as the optional power steering. Subsequently, it was delivered in November of 1958 by famous London dealer Jack Barclay to his local client R.E.J. Macready, for whom it was registered as VXO 824.

In 1961, the car was purchased by the British Overseas & General Investments Company, Ltd., of Brook House, Park Lane, London, passing later, in 1963, to J. Green, Esq., of central London. It remained in England until 2012, with MoT test results since the late 1960s on file, and then came to the United States, where it was acquired for Mr. McCaw’s stable.

The car remains very solid and presentable. The original Jack Barclay sales tag is still in the glovebox. Under the hood and underneath the car show regular use and enjoyment. Having undergone extensive sorting work by the famed British Bentley specialists, P&A Wood, this example starts, runs, and drives beautifully. 

A superb Flying Spur to use and enjoy, this is a fine example of a truly classic Bentley.

Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call to book an appointment.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information but errors may occur. Please check with a salesperson.

Vehicle details

Vehicle data

Make
Bentley
Model series
S 1
Model name
S1 Continental Mulliner
First registration date
Not provided
Year of manufacture
1958
Mileage (read)
34,000 mls
Chassis number
Not provided
Engine number
Not provided
Gearbox number
Not provided
Matching numbers
No
Previous owners
Not provided

Technical details

Body style
Coupe
Power (kW/hp)
174/237
Cubic capacity (ccm)
4887
Cylinders
6
Doors
2
Steering
Right (RHD)
Gearbox
Automatic
Gears
Not provided
Transmission
Rear
Front brakes
Not provided
Rear brakes
Not provided
Fuel type
Petrol

Individual configuration

Exterior color
Blue
Sun roof
No
Folding roof
No
Power Assisted Steering
Yes
Central locking
No
Electric windows
No
Interior color
Beige
Interior material
Leather
Heated seats
No
Air conditioning
No
ABS
No
Airbag
No
Cruise control
No

Condition, registration & documentation

Has Report
Not provided
MOT
Registered
Ready to drive
Accident free

Location

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DD Classics Ltd.

Daniel Donovan

97-101 North Road

TW9 4HJ Kew

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

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