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Bentley S2 and Bentley S2 Continental
(1959 - 1962)

Bentley S2, 1960, #B441BR, Standard Saloon
Bentley S2, 1960, #B441BR, Standard Saloon. If a two-tone colour scheme was preferred, Rolls-Royce did encourage customers to choose the lighter colour for the top especially on cars with air-conditioning

The Bentley S2 and the Bentley S2 Continental were produced alongside the Silver Cloud II. Powered by the new all-aluminium V8 engine of 6,230 cc the new models showed significant performance increase. An added bonus was that the engine's output was more than sufficient even when automatic gearbox, power steering and the optional air conditioning absorbed power. The number of independent coachbuilders had dwindled to but few companies by this time - moderately successful were Park Ward, Hooper, H.J. Mulliner and James Young, by whom the vast majoritiy of Bentley S2 Continental were bodied plus those few standard cars whose owners had decided to order a rolling chassis for custom coachwork.

Bentley S2 Continental 1961, #BC37BY, Flying Spur
Bentley S2 Continental 1961, #BC37BY, 'Flying Spur' by H.J. Mulliner. H.J. Mulliner had chosen the designation 'Flying Spur' for their 4-door-saloons on Bentley Continental chassis.

Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 91.44 mm (4.1 x 3.6 in), capacity 6,230 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, twin SU carburettors; 4-speed automatic gearbox; hypoid bevel final drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic springs rear; drum brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,124.2 mm or 3,225.8 mm (123 in or 127 in); tyre size 8.20 x 15 (Bentley S2 Continental 8.00 x 15 broad base)

Bentley S2 Continental, Park Ward Drophead Coupé
Bentley S2 Continental, 1962, #BC92LCZ, Park Ward Drophead Coupé. The Norwegian designer Vilhelm Koren (hence known as 'Koren-Design') has been responsible for this advanced styling.

No. made:

1863 Bentley S2 (15 were fitted with H.J. Mulliner drop head coupé bodies)
57 Bentley S2 long wheelbase (6 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies,
5 by James Young, 1 by Wendler)
  388 Bentley S2 Continental
2308 Bentley S2 altogether
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