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1960 Bentley S2 Continental news, pictures, specifications, and information
Coachwork: James Young
Introduced in 1959 and produced until 1962, the Bentley S2 Continental is considered by many to be the greatest model of the S-series, well-known and appreciated for their ample room for passengers and luggage.

The Bentley S1 looked very similar to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I and the tradition continued with the S2 and Silver Cloud II. Most S2 bodies were constructed by Bentley. However, a few were built by custom coachbuilders including Hooper, Park Ward, H.J. Mulliner and James Young, the latter being the coachbuilder of the S2 shown here.

Powering the Bentley S2 Continental is an all-aluminum 6230cc V-8 engine with dual SU carburetors, which were used by the company until 1998. The car features Servo-assist drum brakes and an independent front suspension with coil springs, while the rear uses semi-elliptical springs. The S2 Continental was imported to the United States in the 1980s.
Flying Spur Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
This 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Saloon 'Flying Spur' was spotlighted in the Paris Show in 1960. This motorcar is one of only fifty-one left-hand drives ever built of this model.

The coachwork is by H.J. Mulliner.
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC54LAR
Sold for $135,100 at 2014 Russo & Steele.
This Bentley S2 Continental features alloy Drophead Coupe coachwork by Park Ward. It is finished in dark blue with white Connolly leather interior. The car features power windows, new power top with new hydraulics and has been treated to an extensive restoration in the early 2010s. The 6.2-liter V8 engine was rebuilt in 2011, along with the shocks and many other mechanical components.

In 2013, the car took First Place in the Collector Foreign 1946-85 Class at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
The Bentley S2 was introduced in 1959 and produced until 1962. The S2 replaced the S1 and would later be replaced by the S3. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I and the Bentley S1 had been nearly identical. This tradition continued with the Bentley S2 and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II also being nearly identical. Most of the bodies were constructed by Bentley but few custom coachbuilders, such as Hooper, James Young, Park Ward, and H.J. Mulliner were commissioned to body the vehicles.
Under the hood was an all-aluminum 6230 cc V-8 engine with dual SU carburetors that would be used by Bentley until the 1998 Arnage. Servo-assisted drum brakes were used to provide stopping power. The front suspension was independent with coil springs while the rear was semi-elliptic springs.

The S2, by many, were considered to be the greatest of the S-series. These four-door touring automobiles were well known for their ample room for four passengers and their luggage.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
A ride oozing pure luxury, the extravagant S2 Continental was a high-performance variant of the Bentley S2, which was produced from 1959 through 1962. The S2 designation stood for the new V8 engine and the designation 'Continental' had been previously used from 1912 by Rolls Royce. Standard on S2 models was power steering, a new dashboard and steering wheel, though some early models came with the earlier S1 dashboard.

The S2 was the replacement for the Bentley S1 and brought with it an all-new aluminum V8 engine that displaced 6.2 L over the previous straight-six engine from the S1. The new engine was a vast improvement over previous models. Fitted with twin carbs with automatic choke, the V8 engine in the S2 had a compression ratio of 8 to 1. Operating the overhead valves were hydraulic tappets while the cylinder blocks and heads were cast in aluminum alloys. To keep up with high speed cruising on modern roads the S2 had a higher rear axle ratio and upgraded brakes.

A total of three hundred and eighty-eight luxurious S2 Continental's were produced during its brief production span. All models were drophead coupes or sports saloons with the exception of the 4-door 'Flying Spur'. Drophead coupes are two-door convertibles while a sports saloon is a high-performance two or four-door enclosed automobile with a front and back seat. The Continental line included the H.J Mulliner Coupé, H.J. Mulliner Flying Spur, the James Young Sports Saloon and Park Ward Drophead Coupé. Original to the Bentley line, the open Drophead Coupé was designed by Vilhelm Koren of Norway for Park Ward and featured an exclusive straight fender line. Out of the 388 S2 Continentals, only 125 models were built with this Drophead Coupé design

The 'Continental' form was the highest trim level available in the lineup and offered a much more luxurious and faster ride than standard production vehicles. Today the Bentley Continental S2 is a highly desirable collectible. Their special coach-built frame and 'higher-than-standard' performance levels thanks to lightweight body construction, robust engines and high gear ratios easily distinguish continental models from 'regular' Bentley models. They included lavish upgrades like press button window lifts, electric rear window demisters, electrically operated ride control, power-assisted steering, updated and more flexible AC and fully automatic transmission.

Famed coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner produced 128 examples of the four-door sport saloon 'Flying Spur'. Of these exclusive 128 models only 52 were left-hand drive models.


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