1959 Bentley Continental S1 Flying Spur Sports Saloon / BC14LEL Vehicle Information

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S1 photograph

1959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S11959 Bentley Continental S1
Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC14LEL
Sold for $166,100 at 2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction.
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


2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $166,100

2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€130,000-€160,000 
Lot was not sold

1959 Bentley Continental S1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Bentley S1 LHD
Chassis#: B86LGC
Sold for USD$49,596
  2020 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1959 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: BC14LGN
Sold for USD$1,226,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1959 Bentley Continental S1 image  1959 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B625LFD
Sold for USD$31,900
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1959 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC24FM
Sold for USD$296,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1959 Bentley Continental S1 image  1959 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1959 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR
Chassis#: BC14LEL
Sold for USD$166,100
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1959 Bentley Continental S1 image  1959 Bentley Continental S1 image  
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B57LGD
Sold for USD$64,385
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1959 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC41LFM
Sold for USD$243,712
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Villa Erba
 
1959 Bentley S1 Long-wheelbase Saloon
Chassis#: ALB24
Sold for USD$38,165
  2013 Bonhams - The Banbury Run Sale
 
1959 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR BERLINE
Sold for USD$230,962
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1959 BENTLEY S-TYPE 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: B22GC
Sold for USD$52,800
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B65GD
Sold for USD$36,818
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Sold for USD$33,347
  2012 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B553FD
Sold for USD$10,894
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens
 
1959 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B-473FD
Sold for USD$33,222
  2010 Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot
 
1959 Bentley S1 Long Wheelbase 'Empress'
Sold for USD$74,250
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1959 BENTLEY 4 DOOR SEDAN
Sold for USD$25,300
  2005 Barrett-Jackson - PALM BEACH 2005
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 Bentley Continental S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner 2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $280,000$340,000
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 Sports SaloonBC50FM2003 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia $45,000$55,000
1959 Bentley S1 Continental SaloonBC 30 FM2003 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia   
1959 BENTLEY S 1 SALOON 2003 Kruse Auction Ft.Lauderdale, Fl$15,000  

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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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