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Bentley S1, 1956, #B291AP
H.J. Mulliner 4 Door Sports Saloon
The 4-Door-Sports-Saloon was a brainchild of H.J. Mulliner's designer
Herbert Nye. Listed as Design No. 7401 this creation was particularly
attractive because it gave the impression of less massive coachwork than
that of the standard Bentley S1. With a body made entirely from aluminium
certain weight-saving was an advantage of the coachbuilt version, too.
This resulted in better acceleration and higher top speed, although there
was no earth-shattering difference. Vision was enhanced by slim pillars.
an extremely rare motor car even by comparison to the highly esteemed
Bentley S1 Continental, whose an overall production figure was 431 (of
which 218 received coachwork by H.J. Mulliner). Whereas no more than 27
examples of the H.J. Mulliner 4 Door Sports Saloon were made on Bentley S1
chassis (plus 4 on the chassis of the sister model Rolls-Royce Silver
Cloud I). Such exclusivity was not inexpensive - the price of this
"fully coachbuilt Bentley" was some 66 % more than that of the
Standard Steel Saloon ex-factory.