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1956 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon For Sale


Price POA
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Bentley
Model S1
Year 1956
Country United Kingdom
Region Leicestershire
Status Trade
Ref C1206481
* Delivered new in the UK
* Only three owners in the last 52 years
* Present ownership since 1989
* Continuously maintained
* Service records dating back over 50 years

The magnificent Continental sports saloon has been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction on the R-Type chassis in 1952. Eulogising about Bentley's new 'S' Series cars, introduced in April 1955, The Autocar wrote, "the latest Bentley model offers a degree of safety, comfort and performance that is beyond the experience and perhaps even the imagination of the majority of the world's motorists".

This right-hand drive chassis number 'BC67AF' was delivered new in the UK to one B McGowan and first registered as 'HGS 918'. This remarkable car has spent most of its life, just over 50 years, in the ownership of just three individuals on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1967, the eminent Rolls-Royce historian, John Webb de Campi, author of Rolls-Royce in America, who at that time was living in London, acquired the Bentley and had it shipped to his home in Pennsylvania. The Continental remained in his ownership until 1980 when it was acquired by a Dr Peter Walling of Dallas, Texas. The Bentley returned to the UK in late 1988 and was acquired by the current owner in 1989.

The current owner, since 1989, has looked after the car with the utmost care. Its use has been regular, albeit limited to outings such as visits to race circuits, including almost every Goodwood Revival Meeting since 1998, and longer excursions to the South of France, Scotland, and the Lake District.

Finished in Regal Red with beige leather interior, this sublime Bentley Continental is described by the vendor as in excellent condition throughout, having led a cosseted life both at home and in the USA. The service history file is equally impressive, stretching back well over 50 years (perusal recommended).
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