Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe
For Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the star of the 1959 London Motor Show was their first all alloy V8 engine in both the Bentley S2 and its cousin, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The engine produced about 200 bhp (Bentley and Rolls would never quote horsepower figures, preferring to state that it was ‘adequate’) and, by virtue of its alloy construction, weighed the same as the 4.8-liter six-cylinder engine it replaced. The result was a smoother, more powerful ride.
Driving dynamics were much improved as well with the new Hydramatic transmission, power steering and upgraded power assisted brakes. Inside the Bentley, the S2 had an updated dashboard, which incorporated improved gauges.
Bentley also offered the S2 in the elegant “Continental” form, considered the highest specification of the chassis, at the top of the model range. Although quite similar to the standard S2, the Continentals featured upgraded brakes and a higher rear axle ratio to handle the more demanding requirements for high speed cruising on the European continent, with its more modern motorways. Continentals were consistently faster, quieter and more comfortable than standard production cars and, in today’s market, considerably more desirable.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
200 bhp, 6,230 cc over-head valve V8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, front independent with live axle rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123".
Source: RM Auctions