1956 Bentley S1 Drophead Coupe Vehicle Profile

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

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Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
The Bentley S-Type or S1, as it is more commonly known, was produced from 1955 until 1959 and featured a 4887cc engine with six-port cylinder head and other performance enhancements. Bentley claimed that the eS1 Continental was the fastest four-seater in the world, and many examples were fitted with custom bodies by notable coachbuilders.

This is the second of five left-hand drive aluminum-bodied coachbuilt examples. It was delivered in June of 1956 to Madame Rita Essayan of Paris. Mme. Essayan was the sister of Nubar Gulbenkian, one of the wealthiest people in the world at the time, and she wanted her car to have the finest modern details, including power steering, power-operated roof and H.J. Mulliner-designed push-button operated window lifts. This S1 Drophead Coupe was also once owned by the King of Morocco. The current owner acquired it in 2013.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 4
2018 4
2017 3
2016 4
2015 4
2014 2
2013 7
2012 4
2011 3
2010 2

1956 Bentley S1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Bentley S-Series Saloon
Chassis#: B55CM
Sold for $14,950
  2019 Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum Hendon
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupé by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC46AF
Sold for $195,113
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Ascot Racecourse
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC7LBG
Sold for $1,077,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 Bentley S1
Sold for $30,800
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Bentley S1 Psychedelic Replica
Chassis#: B37DE
Sold for $33,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Auburn Auction
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC54LAF
Sold for $1,655,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1956 Bentley S1 image  1956 Bentley S1 image  
1956 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B4BA
Sold for $25,654
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback by Mulliner Park Ward
Chassis#: BC53AF
Sold for $401,891
  2018 Historics at Brooklands - Ascot Racecourse
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Two-Door Saloon
Chassis#: BC8BG
Sold for $231,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1956 Bentley S1 image  1956 Bentley S1 image  
1956 BENTLEY S1 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: B326LCK
Sold for $115,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC22LBG
Sold for $1,683,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1956 Bentley S1 image  1956 Bentley S1 image  
1956 Bentley S-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC37AF
Sold for $374,088
  2016 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC48LBG
Sold for $327,971
  2016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
 
1956 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B134LBA
Sold for $36,917
  2016 Silverstone Auctions : The Classic Race Aarhus Auction
 
1956 Bentley S1
Chassis#: B208BA
Sold for $19,995
  2016 Barons : Classic Winter Warmer
 
1956 Bentley S1 James Young Saloon
Chassis#: B470AN
Sold for $56,061
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1956 Bentley S1 James Young Saloon
Chassis#: B470AN
Sold for $62,261
  2015 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC54LAF
Sold for $1,155,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1956 Bentley S1 image  1956 Bentley S1 image  
1956 BENTLEY S-1 HOOPER LIMOUSINE
Chassis#: B302CK
Sold for $60,500
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1956 Bentley 4 door S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B103LDE
Sold for $59,538
  2014 Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Motor Show 2014
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Bentley S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Sports SaloonBC67AF2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $180,000$200,000
1956 Bentley S1 SaloonB494LAN2019 Mecum : Monterey$20,000$45,000$55,000
1956 Bentley S1 PickupB69BC2019 Silverstone The Sale of British Marques   
1956 Bentley SI by James Young Ex-Lady DockerB14BA2019 Historics at Brooklands Ascot Racecourse $42,000$48,000
1956 Bentley S1 SaloonB 197 AP2018 Coys : Schloss Dyck $35,000$40,000
1956 Bentley S1 Continental FastbackBC94AF2017 H & H Auctions Woodcote Park $360,000$400,000
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Two-Door Sports SaloonBC24AF2016 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show   
1956 Bentley S1B107DE2016 Historics at Brookland   
1956 Bentley S1 Continental FastbackBC94AF2016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   
1956 Bentley S1 James Young Drophead CoupeB283 AP2013 Coys Blenheim Palace   
1956 Bentley S1 James Young Drophead CoupeB283 AP2013 Coys Blenheim Palace   
1956 Bentley S1 Saloon 2013 H & H Pavilion Gardens   
1956 BENTLEY S1 2012 McCormicks Palm Springs Auction 53$30,000  
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback CoupéBC93AF2011 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco $275,000$325,000
1956 BENTLEY S1 SALOON 2011 McCormicks Auction #50 Palm Springs CA$32,000  
1956 BENTLEY S1 SALOON 2011 McCormicks Auction #50 Palm Springs CA   
1956 Bentley S1 SaloonB336CM2010 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia $23,000$26,000
1956 Bentley S-Series SaloonB435CK2008 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia $8,000$10,000
1956 Bentley S1 Sports SaloonB460AN2008 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars $20,000$22,000
1956 Bentley S1 Sedan 2004 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $25,000$30,000
1956 BENTLEY SERIES I FOUR DOORB146BA2001 Kruse Auction San Antonio, TX$39,000  
1956 BENTLEY S 1 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$15,000  
1956 BENTLEY S 1 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$19,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B460-AN
Engine Num: BA 230
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC 23 LAF
Engine Num: BC 22 A
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC 48LAF
Engine Num: BC47A
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC16LAF
Engine Num: BC15A
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC22LBG
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC26LBG
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC36LAF
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC54LAF
Engine Num: BC53A
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC75AF
Engine Num: BC74A
Chassis information for the Bentley S11956 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC8BG
Engine Num: BC8B
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: 1B532EG
Engine Num: BE 266
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Saloon
Chassis Num: B343LFD
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: BC3LCH
Engine Num: BC3C
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11957 Fastback
Chassis Num: BC96LBG
Engine Num: BC95B
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B212LFA
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC22FM
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Continental Flying Spur
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC22LEL
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC25LDJ
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC3 LFM
Engine Num: BC3 F
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC35LDJ
Engine Num: BC34D
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC3LDJ
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC43LCH
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11958 Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC48LCH
Engine Num: BC47C
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC14LEL
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC14LGN
Engine Num: BC13G
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC24FM
Engine Num: BC23F
Chassis information for the Bentley Continental S11959 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC38LEL


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