1956 Bentley S1 Sports Saloon / B460-AN Chassis Information

1956 Bentley S1
Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: B460-AN
Engine # BA 230
Sold for $46,200 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
In the post-World War II era, a new type of marketplace for the elite in society began to evolve; one that had owner, rather than chauffeur, driving the car. A new type of Bentley was needed.

In 1946, Bentley introduced the Mark VI which was the first Bentley offered with a standard factory steel body. The Great Depression of the 1930s had depleted the number of independent coachbuilders, so the traditional method for clothing chassis's in the pre-WWWII era, was becoming obsolete. The following year, Rolls-Royce introduced their companion car, the Silver Dawn.

There was still a market for custom coachwork, and Bentley made their Mark Vi available as a rolling chassis on which the buyer could commission their own body.

In 1952, Bentley introduced the R-Type which featured a larger 4.5-liter engine and the first automatic transmission. The S-Series followed in 1955 and by this point, the standard steel sedan was nearly identical to the Rolls-Royce counterpart. A few differences existed, such as the grille and badge.

A total of 145 S1 Bentley's were clothed in custom coachwork. The remainders were standard sedans. One of the custom builders was Hooper & Company, based in London and had a history that dated back to 1805. Their existence would continue until 1960 when they ceased production and became a Rolls-Royce distributor.

This 1956 Bentley S1 Sports Saloon has Hooper coachwork. It is an aluminum body with is over 80 lbs. lighter than the standard steel sedan. This car features cutaway 'spats' over the rear wheels and a large, open interior with many windows offering a plethora of light to flow through. The interior is leather with eucalyptus wood trim, door sills, map tray, and rear writing tables.

This car was built for Lady Janet White of Felixstowe, UK and imported to the US in 1970 by Robert and Rita Irwin. The Irwin's retained the car for nearly four decades, before selling to the current owner. The car is completely original and has been driven 86,000 miles since new.

This is one of only four Bentley S1 automobiles with this type of coachwork. In 2007, it was brought to the Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, California where it was estimated to sell for $75,000-$100,000. It was offered without reserve, which worked well for the buyer, who purchased the car for $46,200, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008


2008 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£20,000-£22,000 
Lot was not sold

2007 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$75,000-$100,000 
Sale Price :
$46,200

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$434,471$1,077,5003
2018$528,886$1,655,0004
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

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
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
 
1956 BENTLEY S-SERIES CONTINENTAL SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: BC9BG
Sold for $424,123
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 

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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