Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
A cousin of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the Bentley S2 retained the basic body and chassis of its predecessor, the S1, but replaced the S1’s six-cylinder engine with a new aluminium overhead-valve V8. Rolls-Royce, Ltd. disdained horsepower ratings, but the new V8 was estimated to develop some 230 bhp and, due also to its lighter weight, made the Silver Cloud II and S2 much faster than their immediate predecessors. Introduced in September 1959, the S2 also shared with Rolls-Royce an automatic gearbox.
The “Continental” name originally graced a flowing two-door coupé by H.J. Mulliner on the 1952-55 R Type chassis. When the S1 was introduced, the Continental was given higher compression for better performance, and Park Ward and James Young were also enlisted as body suppliers. A four-door version, called “Flying Spur,” became available on the S1 in 1957. All these styles were continued on the S2, where Continental production totalled 388 cars.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
230 bhp, 6,230 cc overhead-valve V8 engine, four-speed automatic gearbox, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel servo-assisted hydro-mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127".
Source: RM Auctions