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1961 Bentley S2

Chassis number : BC41LBY

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The automotive industry has continually evolved and following World War II, Rolls-Royce clientele shifted away from chauffeur-driven cars to personal luxury cars driven by the owners themselves. The demand for coach-built vehicles, however, was still present.

The Bentley S2 was introduced at the 1959 London Motor Show and came equipped with an all-alloy 200 horsepower V8 engine. With its alloy construction, the large V8 engine weighed the same as the six-cylinder S1 it replaced. The new engine made its debut in the new S2 and in its stablemate, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The engine was mated to a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. The S2 featured upgraded power-assisted brakes, and power steering. Inside, the S2 had a new dashboard, incorporating updated gauges, and standard power window lifts and electric rear window demisters.

The Bentley S2 was produced between 1959 and 1962 with just under 2,000 examples produced. Most were fitted with a factory body. For the discerning client, Rolls-Royce and Bentley recommended several custom coachbuilders including James Young. James Young was one of the last coachbuilders employed by Bentley to build the four-door Saloon.

This particular example is a James Young coachbuilt S2 and is believed to be one of just six built in left-hand-drive configuration. Options selected by the first owner, who drove the car in Switzerland, included a Motorola radio, wool carpeting, and James Young luxury items such as reading lights, and leather quarter panels. Features include the addition of air-conditioning, with the proper rear compartment cold air outlets. It is finished in a deep gloss black with a gorgeous Magnolia leather interior. There is burled woodgrain interior trim and dashboard installed by James Young craftsmen.

In the 1990s, this Bentley was sold to an American living in California.

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2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $290,000-USD $340,000 
Lot was not sold

1961 Bentley S2 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley S2

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC99BY
Sold for USD$85,587
  2022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: BC74LBY
Sold for USD$176,870
  2022 Bonhams : The Gstaad Sale
 
1961 Bentley Continental S2 cabriolet Park Ward
Chassis#: BC 57 LCZ
Sold for USD$243,556
  2022 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: BC99LCZ
Sold for USD$140,000
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC19LCZ
Sold for USD$156,800
  2021 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours dElegance Online Auction
 
1961 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR
Chassis#: BC70LBY
Sold for USD$95,200
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
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1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: BC22LBY
Sold for USD$156,800
  2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC73LBY
Sold for USD$168,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: BC87CZ
Sold for USD$246,400
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC15CZ
Sold for USD$282,268
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1961 Bentley S2 Standard Saloon
Chassis#: B368BS
Sold for USD$24,750
  2017 Silverstone - Classic
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Chassis#: BC18CZ
Sold for USD$235,186
  2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC49BY
Sold for USD$232,624
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B373DV
Sold for USD$39,231
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC 20 CZ
Sold for USD$282,253
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC47LBY
Sold for USD$156,826
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Classic Cars
 
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B435DV
Sold for USD$8,400
  2014 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1961 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: BC6CZ
Sold for USD$117,068
  2014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Salon
Sold for USD$31,000
  2014 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC102LAR
Sold for USD$297,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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Bentley S2s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1961 Bentley S2's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Saloon 2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction   
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead CoupéBC1CZ2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $150,000$180,000
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports SaloonBC15CZ2018 Bonhams : London Olympia $230,000$260,000
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying SpurBC5LBY2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale $175,000$250,000
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports SaloonBC15CZ2017 Bonhams : London Olympia $220,000$260,000
1961 Bentley S2 ContinentalBC41LBY2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction $290,000$340,000
1961 Bentley S2 Chinese EyeBC678Y2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying SpurBC48CZ2016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports SaloonBC48CZ2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale $110,000$130,000
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur (Ex-Bernie Ecclestone)BC48CZ2015 Historics at Brookland $110,000$130,000
1961 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL DROP HEADBC53LBY2014 Mecum Monterey $200,000$235,000
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drop Head CoupeBC32LCZ2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl $200,000$250,000
1961 Bentley S2 2011 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction$21,000  
1961 Bentley SII Drophead Coupe Adaptation by HJ MullinerB402CU2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $125,000$150,000
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead CoupeBC86BY2011 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars & Motorcycles $200,000$250,000
1961 Bentley S2BC96LBY2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$120,000$175,000$225,000
1961 Bentley S2BC32LCZ2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$130,000$175,000$225,000
1961 BENTLEY S-2 SEDAN 2009 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2009$13,500  
1961 BENTLEY S-2 SILVER CLOUD FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV   
1961 BENTLEY S-2 SILVER CLOUD FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV$0  

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1961 Bentley S2 Profiles

1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC96LBY
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Continental Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC32LCZ
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC102LAR
Engine #: A101BC
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Continental Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Continental Saloon
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis #: BC41LBY
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC70LBY
Engine #: B69BC
1961 Bentley S2 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC99LCZ
Engine #: C98BC