Bentley S2 Continental Coupe

A cousin of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the Bentley S2 was introduced in September 1959, and while it retained the basic body and chassis of its predecessor the S1, the new S2 replaced the F-head six-cylinder engine of the S1 with an all-new and powerful aluminium overhead-valve V-8 engine. While Rolls-Royce, Bentley’s parent firm, had long disdained the publication of horsepower ratings, the new V-8 was estimated to develop over 200 bhp and, due also to lower weight, made both the Silver Cloud II and S2 faster and quicker than their immediate predecessors. Remarkably, this basic V-8 engine design would continue in use for nearly 40 years, until the 1998 introduction of the Arnage. The S2 also introduced standard power-assisted steering and shared the GM/Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic gearbox with the Cloud II. A manual gearbox was no longer available.

Part of the RM Auctions in London in October, 2010 and London in October, 2012.

200 bhp, 6,230 cc overhead-valve V-8 engine, dual SU diaphragm-type carburettors, four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones and coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, single radius rod and electrically-controlled shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes (hydraulic front, servo-assisted mechanical rear). Wheelbase: 123"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Tom Wood

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