Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon Coachwork by H J Mulliner 1960 BC145AR-London Olympia 2461 | Classic Car Ratings

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Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon Coachwork by H J Mulliner 1960 BC145AR-London Olympia 2461

Year:
Chassis number:
BC145AR
Engine number:
Unknown
Body number:
Unknown
London Olympia
Auction House: Bonhams
Registration number:
786 BGK
Sold for: £ 82.000

The ex-London Motor Show
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner
Registration no. 786 BGK
Chassis no. BC145AR
*Rare and exclusive four-door Flying Spur model
*One of 71 right-hand drive examples
*Current ownership since 2010
*Well maintained
*Extensive history file
Footnotes
This Bentley S2 Continental features the elegant, H J Mulliner-designed, 'Flying Spur' four-door coachwork, and is one of 71 with right-hand drive out of 125 completed in this style on the S2 chassis.
Rolls-Royce had envisaged the Bentley Continental as exclusively a two-door car, but late in 1957 the decision was taken to sanction the production of a four-door variation by H J Mulliner. Introduced on the S1 Continental and known as the 'Flying Spur', this design was a collaborative effort by Rolls-Royce's in-house styling department and H J Mulliner, and bore a strong resemblance both to the two-door Continental and to existing coachbuilt four-door styles on Rolls-Royce and (non-Continental) Bentley chassis. The Flying Spur body style continued on the V8-engined S2 Continental and was revised to incorporate the S3's four-headlamp front end following the latter's introduction in 1962. To the Continental's existing qualities of pace and elegance, the Flying Spur added four-door practicality, a more spacious interior and generously proportioned boot, making it even more suited to extended touring of far-flung destinations.
Displayed on H J Mulliner's stand at the 1960 London Motor Show, the Flying Spur offered here, chassis number 'BC145AR', was delivered new to Macready's Metal Co Ltd of London N11 via Jack Barclay Ltd and registered as '786 BGK' (copy chassis cards on file). The car's subsequent owners are not known prior to 1996 when it was acquired by a Mr Strauss. A Mr Moore owned the Bentley from circa 2005, and the car has belonged to the current vendor since 2010. According to the V5C document, there have been eight former keepers.
The extensive history file contains numerous invoices for work carried out by various specialists over the years, testifying to its owners' fastidious approach to maintenance, which includes bills for a full specialist engine rebuild in 1997 costing 16,000. Since then the interior has been re-trimmed and extensive mechanical refurbishment undertaken. In addition, Goudhurst Service Station completed annual services from 2011 to 2016 costing 7,000. More recently, the Bentley has been looked after by renowned marque specialists, Frank Dale & Stepsons, some 20,000-plus being spent since 2017. The car was repainted in its original Sage Green exterior colour in the 1990s.
In addition to the aforementioned bills, this supremely elegant Flying Spur comes with MoT test certificates dating back to 2009 showing the recorded mileage increasing from 61,920 to 70,588 in April 2018 when the last certificate was issued, amounting to approximately 1,000 miles per year.

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