Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur

1959 marked an important milestone in the mechanical development of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. The Series I six-cylinder engine had been developed to the fullest extent, and most competitors had long since offered smooth and silent V-8 engines. A new V-8 replaced the former 160-hp (estimated) six-cylinder powerplant. The 6,230-cc unit constructed almost entirely of aluminum delivered an estimated 200 hp. While similar in weight to its predecessor, it offered additional power and smoothness of operation. It was fitted with hydraulic tappets to ensure quiet running along with modified braking and lubrication systems and standard automatic transmission and power steering. The new model was first shown to the public in August 1959 and heralded with great acclaim. The appropriately named second-generation Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 models were capable of comfortably traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph while retaining the hushed silence and smoothness of operation available only in an exclusive and virtually hand-built automobile. And, not that it mattered to most owners, fuel consumption was virtually the same despite the greater power of the new engine.

Standard bodies were produced at the factory in almost identical fashion to the Series I cars. A limited number of factory saloon bodies were also sent directly to coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner in London. Mulliner became part of Rolls-Royce in 1959 and was further merged with coachbuilder Park Ward in 1961. The special Flying Spur Saloon was offered on the Continental S2 chassis with a mere 128 produced of the total 1,865 Bentley S2 chassis built.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

200 hp, 6,230 cc OHV V-8, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones and coil springs, opposed piston hydraulic dampers and torsion roll bar, semi-elliptic rear springs with electrically-controlled piston-type dampers and single radius rods, hydro-mechanical power assisted front and rear drum brakes, left-hand drive. Wheelbase: 3,125 mm.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Simon Clay

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