1958 Bentley Continental S1 Drop Head Coupe / BC3LDJ Chassis Information

1958 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1958 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1958 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1958 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1958 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1958 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

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Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC3LDJ
High bid of $385,000 at 2011 RM Sothebys. (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

Chassis# BC3LDJ

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
Pre-Auction Estimates :$850,000-$1,000,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)$385,000

Analysis

Chassis number BC3LDJ Auction Sales History
2011Pre-Sale Estimates: $850,000 - $1,000,000

2017 4
2016 4
2015 3
2014 2
2013 2
2012 1
2010 1
2009 2
2006 1
2003 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$159,432$561,0004
2016$101,520$187,0004
2015$109,930$281,7793
2014$547,693$583,8852
2013$155,410$258,5002
2012$64,732$64,7321
2010$16,500$16,5001
2009$15,500$23,1002
2006$93,908$93,9081
2003$42,532$66,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1958 sales)
1958 Bentley S1 Saloon
Sold for $15,750
  2017 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1958 Bentley S1 Standard Steel Saloon
Chassis#: B282FA
Sold for $33,478
  2017 Silverstone - NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1958 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B92FA
Sold for $27,500
  2017 Motostalgia Auction - Watkins Glen VGP
 
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Fixed Head Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC48LCH
Sold for $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 $138,619
  2016 Bonhams : Bond Street Auction
 
1958 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B92FA
Sold for $27,500
  2016 Motostalgia Auction - Watkins Glen VGP
 
1958 Bentley S1 LWB Saloon
Chassis#: ALB24
Sold for $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 $187,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1958 BENTLEY S-SERIES CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR SALOON
Chassis#: BC45DJ
Sold for $281,779
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1958 BENTLEY S1 SALOON
Chassis#: B476FA
Sold for $20,525
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1958 Bentley S-Series Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B49FD
Sold for $27,486
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1958 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC37DJ
Sold for $583,885
  2014 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC35LDJ
Sold for $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 $258,500
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 
1958 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B271LFD
Sold for $52,320
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1958 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B203LFD
Sold for $64,732
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1958 BENTLEY S-1 SEDAN
Sold for $16,500
  2010 Barrett-Jackson Auction - Las Vegas
 
1958 Bentley S I Sedan
Sold for $7,900
  2009 Leake Auctions - Houston - Annual Leake Auto Auction - Reliant Center
 
1958 BENTLEY S-1 4 DOOR SEDAN
Sold for $23,100
  2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
 
1958 Bentley S1 Touring Saloon
Chassis#: B613EK
Sold for $93,908
  2006 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

No Sale

1958 Bentley Continental S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. MullinerBC4LDJ2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $800,000$1,000,000
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 SALOON 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$10,000  
1958 BENTLEY S 1 FOUR DOOR 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$10,600  
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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