Flying Spur
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC14LEL
Sold for $166,100 at 2017 Bonhams.
In 1952, Bentley introduced the R-Type chassis Continental sport saloon that offered effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner. The final generation of the six-cylinder cars - the Silver-Cloud and the Bentley S-Type - in April of 1955, continued the Continental tradition and the exclusivity. Later that year, in October, the Bentley Continental became available on the 'S' chassis. The H.J. Mulliner-styled fastback was the quickest four/five-seater saloon of its day. The S-Type had a new box-section chassis and improved suspension and brakes. It also came equipped with an enlarged and more powerful version of the existing inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine. The Continental version came with a higher compression ratio, shorter radiator and higher overall gearing and could be ordered with right-hand change manual transmission.

The S1 Continental brought along several other important developments including the phasing in of power-assisted steering (standardized in 1958) and (from chassis 'BC21BG') a more powerful engine incorporating an increased compression ratio, larger carburetors and bigger inlet valves.

Just like the original R-Type, the new S-Type Continental was a coach built car. The 'Flying Spur' bodystyle, built by H.J. Mulliner, cost £7,994, which was 44% more than a 'standard steel'

This particular example started assembly at the Creve-based Bentley works during November of 1957. It was given left-hand drivee configuration and power steering. It was delivered to coach builders H.J. Mulliners to receive its 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon coachwork. The work took nearly a year to complete, and would be finished in two-tone Sand and Sable over a red Interior. The optional equipment fitted to this car included white wall tires, radio and wing mirrors, and equipped for the U.S. market where it was shipped aboard the SS Andria. Rolls-Royce of New York, Inc. was marked as the retailer, and J.S. Inskip, Inc. as the selling dealer.

The car's first recorded owner was Mr. Paul V. Shields of Southampton, NY. By 1961, the Bentley Continental was sold to Mr. Henry E. Dahlberg of Tucson, AZ. By the 1970s, it was in the care of Mr. John L. Hanson of Hollidaysburg, PA, which whom the car is believed to have remained with until 2012.

In 2013, the car was brought back to the United Kingdom, where it received a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment. The interior was re-upholstered in brown leather, and the headlining and wood trim panels refurbished.

The car returned to the United States in 2015.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017

Chassis# BC14LEL

2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
Estimated Value:$175,000-$225,000 
Sale Price$166,100
2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Estimated Value:€130,000-€160,000 
Lot was not sold

Analysis

Chassis number BC14LEL Auction Sales History
2017$166,100
2015Pre-Sale Estimates: $130,000 - $160,000

2017 1
2016 1
2015 1
2013 3
2012 2
2011 1
2010 1
2009 1
2005 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$166,100$166,1001
2016$64,385$64,3851
2015$243,712$243,7121
2013$107,309$230,9623
2012$35,083$36,8182
2011$10,894$10,8941
2010$33,222$33,2221
2009$74,250$74,2501
2005$25,300$25,3001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR
Chassis#:BC14LEL
Sold for $166,100
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
    
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B57LGD
Sold for $64,385
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1959 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC41LFM
Sold for $243,712
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Villa Erba
 
1959 Bentley S1 Long-wheelbase Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:ALB24
Sold for $38,165
  2013 Bonhams - The Banbury Run Sale
 
1959 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR BERLINE
Sold for $230,962
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1959 BENTLEY S-TYPE 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#:Chassis#:B22GC
Sold for $52,800
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B65GD
Sold for $36,818
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Sold for $33,347
  2012 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B553FD
Sold for $10,894
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B-473FD
Sold for $33,222
  2010 Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot
 
1959 Bentley S1 Long Wheelbase 'Empress'
Sold for $74,250
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1959 BENTLEY 4 DOOR SEDAN
Sold for $25,300
  2005 Barrett-Jackson - PALM BEACH 2005
 

No Sale

1959 Bentley Continental S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Bentley S-Type Continental Sports SaloonBC24GN2016 Bonhams : The December Sale $260,000$330,000
1959 Bentley S1 2016 Anglia Auction $16,000$20,000
1959 Bentley S-Series Continental Flying Spur SaloonBC14LEL2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $130,000$160,000
1959 Bentley S-Type Sedan 4887 CC, AutomaticB22GC2012 Mecum Anaheim, CA$35,000  
1959 Bentley S1 Continental 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $90,000$100,000
1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sports SaloonBC50FM2003 Bonhams Lord's Cricket Ground 'Summer Vintage' $39,000$42,000
1959 Bentley S1 Continental SaloonBC 30 FM2003 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia   
1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sports SaloonBC50FM2003 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia $45,000$55,000
1959 BENTLEY S 1 SALOON 2003 Kruse Auction Ft.Lauderdale, Fl$15,000  

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