1956 Bentley S1 Drophead Coupe / BC 23 LAF Chassis Information

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S1 photograph

1956 Bentley S11956 Bentley S11956 Bentley S1
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC 23 LAF
Engine Num: BC 22 A
Sold for $577,500 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
This S1 Continental Drophead Coupe with coachwork by Park Ward is one of only 31 original left-hand drive US delivery cars. It was delivered by New York City's Inskip Motors to Mr. R. L. Parish. It came equipped from the factory with a radio, sun visors, sealed beam headlights, speedometer calibrated in miles per hour, and whitewall tires.

In 1960 the car was sold to J.F. Anderson of Houston Texas. Rosa Eggleston from Memphis, Tennessee became the cars next owner in 1965 and sold it to the current owner in 1991. Up to this point in history, the car had been driven 39,000 miles. A three-year restoration was commissioned which removed the original green paint using walnut-shell stripping process. The entire vehicle was completely overhauled with most of the mechanical elements being refurbished, rebuilt, and/or restored. The interior was reupholstered.

After the restoration, the car was put on the concours trail where it won two Best in Shows and 14 Best in Class awards. The most recent was in 2005. In 1996 it was invited to the Rolls-Royce's manufacturer exhibit at the Pebble Beach Concours. In 2005 it was in the heritage display at the Los Angeles Auto Show and 2006 New York International Auto Show.

Currently, the car has nearly 45,000 miles on the odometer. In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California and estimated to sell for $550,000-$650,000. Those estimates proved accurate, as the lot was sold for $577,500 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

Chassis# BC 23 LAF

2007 Gooding & Company
Pre-Auction Estimates :$550,000-$650,000 
Sale Price : $577,500

Analysis

Chassis number BC 23 LAF Auction Sales History
2007$577,500

2018 2
2017 3
2016 4
2015 4
2014 2
2013 7
2012 4
2011 3
2010 2
2009 6

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$213,773$401,8912
2017$676,500$1,683,0003
2016$189,743$374,0884
2015$333,456$1,155,0004
2014$241,831$424,1232
2013$166,807$489,8947
2012$33,700$70,5914
2011$229,615$354,2003
2010$133,610$250,9652
2009$111,491$286,0006

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
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 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
 
1956 BENTLEY S-SERIES CONTINENTAL SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: BC9BG
Sold for $424,123
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1956 BENTLEY S-SERIES CONTINENTAL SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: BC11BG
Sold for $489,162
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1956 BENTLEY S1
Sold for $15,330
  2013 Anglia Auction - Souther Ireland
 
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback
Chassis#: BC90AF
Sold for $489,894
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1956 BENTLEY S1 SEDAN
Chassis#: B242DB
Sold for $19,800
  2013 Preserving the Automobile : An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1956 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B103LDE
Sold for $56,292
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 

No Sale

1956 Bentley S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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