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1958 Bentley Continental S1


Chassis number : BC3LDJ

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High bid of $385,000 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey. (did not sell)
Founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 at New Streets Mews in London, Bentley Motors had been born after 'W.O.' had already made a name for himself building rotary engines for British World War I aircraft. Such aircraft as the Sopwith Camel would be powered by Bentley's engines.

With such an engineering pedigree, it was an almost natural phenomenon that Bentley would turn to automobiles at war's end. By the early 1920s, Bentley had become synonymous with quality and performance. This reputation would be firmly cemented when Bentleys would go on to secure five 24 Hours of Le Mans victories. The first would come in 1924 with its 3-liter Sport. Then, from 1927 through 1930 Bentley would dominate as their models, like the 3-liter Super Sport and the 4.5-liter model known as 'Old Mother Gun', would go on to score four-straight 24 Hours of Le Mans victories.

Bentley would go on to build some very elegant saloons and cabriolets in the years before World War II. After the war, Rolls Royce and Bentley car was moved to an engine factory in Crewe, Cheshire. It would be from there that Bentley would first introduce its Continental Coupe. The Continental would come to define Bentley. The inferred meaning of the name meant it all: intended to transport its passengers in absolute comfort over long distances. But in the case of the S1, the exterior of the car was as romantic as its interior. Its elegant and sleek body styling seemed just right travelling through the air. Lightly touched with such chrome accents as the grille, headlights and front and rear bumpers, the simple, and yet, rich detailing would grab attention at almost every angle.

In all, there would be seven body styles of the S1 Continental offered. One of those chassis types, an S1 Continental Drophead Coupe; built by Park Ward, would be offered at this year's RM Auction in Monterey, California.

Chassis number BC3LDJ would be brought brand new by Karl's Shoe Store Ltd. in 1957. Of course Harry Karl would become quite well known as the husband of the famous Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds. The car would actually begin its life as a model built for the Los Angeles Auto Show. There would be 185 Bentley S1 Continentals built with Park Ward bodies. Of those 185, only 31 would come with left-hand drive drophead coupes. Therefore, this car is just 1 of 31 examples, which already makes the car something special.

With a 6-cylinder, 4.8-liter engine capable of pushing the car up to speeds around 120 mph, Karl had a car that not only could go fast but it did so in such comfort that it was like sitting in one's chair in a robe and slippers, smoking a pipe and reading a good book.

Throughout the last couple of decades the car has been a part of a number of prominent collections and has been looked after quite extensively. Completed with a black and silver finish, the exquisite Continental also boasts of red Connolly leather and a burled walnut interior. With such refinements and intriguing history the car was expected to earn between $850,000 and $1,000,000 at auction.

Elegant and tasteful, beautiful and stunning, there just are not enough adjectives to describe Bentley's defining model of luxurious driving comfort and performance.

At auction, bidding reached $385,000 but was not enough to satisfy the reserve. It would leave the auction unsolved.

Sources:
'Feature Lots: Lot No: 153: 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park', (http://www.rmauctions.com/featurecars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r200&fc=0). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/featurecars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r200&fc=0. Retrieved 16 August 2011.

'World of Bentley: About Bentley', (http://www.bentleymotors.com/world_of_bentley/about_bentley/). Bentley. http://www.bentleymotors.com/world_of_bentley/about_bentley/. Retrieved 16 August 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Bentley', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 August 2011, 21:59 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bentley&oldid=444869408 accessed 16 August 2011

By Jeremy McMullen

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2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $850,000-USD $1,000,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $385,000

1958 Bentley Continental S1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley Continental S1

(Data based on Model Year 1958 sales)
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC25 LDJ
Sold for USD$1,875,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL DROPHEAD COUPÉ BY PARK WARD
Chassis#: BC15FM
Sold for USD$1,322,053
  2021 RM Sothebys : A Passion for Elegance
 
1958 Bentley S1
Sold for USD$33,750
  2021 GAA : April 2021
 
1958 Bentley S-Type Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC22LEL
Sold for USD$75,040
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1958 Bentley S1 LWB Saloon
Chassis#: ALB24
Sold for USD$49,720
  2019 H & H Classics - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC4LDJ
Sold for USD$912,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1958 Bentley S1 Saloon
Sold for USD$15,750
  2017 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1958 Bentley S1 Standard Steel Saloon
Chassis#: B282FA
Sold for USD$33,478
  2017 Silverstone - NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1958 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B92FA
Sold for USD$27,500
  2017 Motostalgia Auction - Watkins Glen VGP
 
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Fixed Head Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC48LCH
Sold for USD$561,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1958 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur'
Chassis#: BC8EL
Sold for USD$138,619
  2016 Bonhams : Bond Street Auction
 
1958 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B92FA
Sold for USD$27,500
  2016 Motostalgia Auction - Watkins Glen VGP
 
1958 Bentley S1 LWB Saloon
Chassis#: ALB24
Sold for USD$52,961
  2016 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1958 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC2FM
Sold for USD$187,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1958 BENTLEY S1 SALOON
Chassis#: B476FA
Sold for USD$20,525
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1958 BENTLEY S-SERIES CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR SALOON
Chassis#: BC45DJ
Sold for USD$281,779
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1958 Bentley S-Series Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B49FD
Sold for USD$27,486
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1958 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC37DJ
Sold for USD$583,885
  2014 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC35LDJ
Sold for USD$511,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  1958 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Saloon
Chassis#: BC23LEL
Sold for USD$258,500
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 

Bentley Continental S1s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1958 Bentley Continental S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1958 Bentley S-Type Continental Flying SpurBC22LEL2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $150,000$200,000
1958 BENTLEY FLYING SPURBC32LCH2017 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1958 Bentley S1B256FA2016 Barons : Jaguar Heritage, Classic Cars and Motorcycles   
1958 BENTLEY S1 DROPHEAD COUPEB212LFA2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction $7,200,000$9,200,000
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Two doors SaloonBC3 LFM2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars $400,000$600,000
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Two-Door Sports SaloonBC21EL2014 Silverstone : Salon Prive   
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park WardBC3LDJ2011 RM Auctions at Monterey$385,000$850,000$1,000,000
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Four Door Sports Saloon by James YoungBC-21-DJ2011 Silverstone Classic Sale   
1958 BENTLEY S-1B214FA2011 Silver Auction Ft McDowell, Arizona$12,000  
1958 BENTLEY S-1 2010 Silver Auction Tucson$11,000  
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur Sports SaloonBC46LEL2008 Bonhams Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception $125,000$145,000
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Four-Door SaloonBC49EL2003 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia $26,000$28,000
1958 BENTLEY S 1 FOUR DOOR 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$10,600  
1958 BENTLEY S 1 SALOON 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$10,000  
1958 BENTLEY S 1 FOUR DOOR 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$11,750  
1958 BENTLEY SI FOUR DOOR 2001 Kruse Auction San Antonio, TX$15,750  

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1958 Bentley Continental S1 Profiles

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: James Young
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC48LCH
Engine #: BC47C
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC22FM
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Fastback
Coachwork: Mulliner
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC43LCH
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC3LDJ
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC35LDJ
Engine #: BC34D
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC3 LFM
Engine #: BC3 F
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC25 LDJ
Engine #: BC24 D
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Convertible
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: B212LFA
1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Continental Flying Spur
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC22LEL