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1957 Bentley Continental S1

Chassis number : BC96LBG

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Sold for $781,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
Sold for $1,215,000 at 2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction.
This Bentley S1 Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner is one of only 22 left-hand-drive cars that were built to the Mulliner fastback sports saloon design. It is a relatively late-production example that benefits from the upgraded engine with larger valves and a larger carburetor.

This Bentley was delivered on April 18th of 1957, to its original owner William Brewster (Stonington), of Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Requested features included power steering, a steering column two inches longer than standard, fog lights with white bulbs, both summer and winter thermostats, reclining front seats, and dual horns. Requests were made to supply a Lucas electric rear windshield washer and a Blue Spot radio.

On April 27th of 1957, Mr. Brewster sold the car to its second owner, Gregory B. Smith. Mr. Smith retained the car for over two decades, selling it in October of 1977 to Samuel Ornstein of Edison, New Jersey. Richard Thomas of Parsimony, New Jersey, purchased the S1 Continental in 1993, subsequently passing it to Florida collector, Steven Wolf, from whom its purchase was eventually made by Orin Smith.

The car was restored to its previous Saffron over Sandstone livery during Mr. Ornstein's ownership. The car won Rolls-Royce Owners Club (RROC) National First Prizes in both 1979 and 2000. More recently, it was given an extensive and complete restoration to Pebble Beach Concours standards and finished in its currently silvery smoke green paintwork. Pale parchment leather covers the door panels and the seats, the cabinetry is done in polished inlaid burled walnut, and the carpeting is finished in Wilton green wool piped in parchment.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017

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2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,215,000

2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $850,000-USD $1,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $781,000

1957 Bentley Continental S1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley Continental S1

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC8LCH
Sold for USD$132,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : The Hershey Auction
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1957 Bentley Continental S.1 H.J. Mulliner Fastback Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC96LBG
Sold for USD$1,215,000
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction
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1957 Bentley S1 Saloon
Sold for USD$26,400
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1957 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B285EK
Sold for USD$43,093
  2019 The Saragga Collection
 
1957 Bentley S1 Continental 2-Door Fastback
Chassis#: BC55BG
Sold for USD$325,307
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1957 BENTLEY S1 STANDARD STEEL SALOON
Chassis#: B282EG
Sold for USD$19,314
  2018 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Two-Door Saloon
Chassis#: BC3LCH
Sold for USD$297,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
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1957 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC96LBG
Sold for USD$781,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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1957 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: BC30LCH
Sold for USD$1,136,770
  2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
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1957 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC47CH
Sold for USD$321,210
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Two-Door Saloon
Chassis#: BC59BG
Sold for USD$231,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1957 Bentley SI Continental Saloon by HJ Mulliner
Chassis#: BC14 DJ
Sold for USD$98,560
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC14DJ
Sold for USD$116,158
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1957 Bentley SI Saloon
Sold for USD$14,253
  2012 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1957 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC79BG
Sold for USD$311,335
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1957 Bentley SI Fastback
Sold for USD$297,648
  2010 Coys Auction -The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot Racecourse
 
1957 Bentley S1 Saloon
Sold for USD$26,742
  2010 Shannons Auctions - 2010 Shannons Melbourne Classic Auction
 
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC87BG
Sold for USD$216,000
  2010 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance-Collectors' Motorcars
 
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback
Chassis#: BC40DJ
Sold for USD$300,406
  2010 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 
1957 Bentley S1 Saloon
Chassis#: B58EG
Sold for USD$38,382
  2009 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum
 

Bentley Continental S1s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1957 Bentley Continental S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon by H.J. MullinerBC4LCH2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey $185,000$260,000
1957 Bentley Continental S1 coupé Park WardBC3LCH2018 Artcurial : Retromobile $360,000$440,000
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Sports SaloonBC 26 CH2016 Coys at Alexandra Palace $100,000$130,000
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Sports SaloonBC 26 CH2016 Coys : Mondial De L'Automobile Paris $130,000$170,000
1957 Bentley S1 Drophead CoupeB134FA2016 Coys : Schloss Dyck $210,000$240,000
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Sport Coupe 2016 Dragone Auction Greenwich Weekend Auction $375,000$3,425,000
1957 Bentley S1 Standard Steel SaloonB488EG2016 Coys : Monaco $28,000$35,000
1957 Bentley S1 SaloonB244EG2014 Silverstone : Salon Prive   
1957 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur by H.J. MullinerBC14DJ2014 Silverstone : The May Sale   
1957 Bentley S1 4-Door Saloon Left Hand Drive, Factory Air ConditioningB343LFD2012 Mecum Monterey, CA$31,000  
1957 Bentley S1 Continental two door fastback coupeBC47CH2010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $200,000$230,000
1957 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports SaloonBC17DJ2008 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia $50,000$60,000

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1957 Bentley Continental S1 Profiles

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Chassis #: BC30LCH
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
Chassis #: 1B532EG
Engine #: BE 266
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Hooper
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward
Chassis #: BC3LCH
Engine #: BC3C
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Fastback
Designer: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC96LBG
Engine #: BC95B
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward
Chassis #: BC91LBG
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information
Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC8LCH