1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe / BC32LCZ Chassis Information

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

1961 Bentley S2 photograph

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Continental Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC32LCZ
High bid of $130,000 at 2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey. (did not sell)
At the 1959 London Motor Show, Rolls-Royce and Bentley introduced their first all-alloy V8 engine. It was housed in the Bentley S2 and its cousin, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. This new powerplant offered about 200 bhp and due to its lightweight construction, offered tremendous performance in comparison to the 4.8-liter six-cylinder engine it replaced. Other new mechanical features included the Hydramatic transmission, power steering, and upgraded power assisted brakes. Inside, the S2 was given an updated dashboard which included improved gauges.

The S2 was available in 'Continental' form, the highest specification of the line-up. It had upgraded brakes and a higher rear axle ratio to cope with high speed cruising on the modern motorways. The Continentals were more comfortable, quieter, and faster than the standard production cars, making them more desirable and sought after.

Most of the S2 models were given 'Standard Steel Saloon' coachwork. For the more discriminating customers who sought something more exclusive, Bentley and Rolls offered custom coachwork. H.J. Mulliner created coachwork for the standard S2 models. Park Ward was given responsibility of creating an open Continental, known as a drop head coupe. There were only 125 S2 Continental Park Ward Drop Head Coupes produced with only 62 being left-hand drive models.

This example is one of those rare models fitted with left-hand drive Park Ward open coachwork. It was delivered new in September of 1961 to Mr. D. Cunningham and later purchased in 1996 by a prominent New England-based collector, who has owned it ever since. It is finished in champagne metallic with a burgundy leather interior. It has been well taken care of and properly maintained since new.

In 2009, this Bentley S2 Continental Drop Head Coupe was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $175,000-$225,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $130,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009

2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$200,000-$250,000 
Lot was not sold

2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$225,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$130,000

2018 1
2017 2
2016 2
2015 2
2014 4
2013 4
2012 1
2011 1
2010 1
2009 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$282,268$282,2681
2017$129,968$235,1862
2016$135,928$232,6242
2015$219,540$282,2532
2014$113,367$297,0004
2013$72,110$196,7974
2012$12,995$12,9951
2011$29,000$29,0001
2010$31,803$31,8031
2009$109,184$145,2002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC15CZ
Sold for $282,268
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1961 Bentley S2 Standard Saloon
Chassis#: B368BS
Sold for $24,750
  2017 Silverstone - Classic
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Chassis#: BC18CZ
Sold for $235,186
  2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC49BY
Sold for $232,624
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B373DV
Sold for $39,231
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC 20 CZ
Sold for $282,253
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC47LBY
Sold for $156,826
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Classic Cars
 
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B435DV
Sold for $8,400
  2014 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1961 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: BC6CZ
Sold for $117,068
  2014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Salon
Sold for $31,000
  2014 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental 'Flying Spur' by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC102LAR
Sold for $297,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1961 Bentley S2 image  1961 Bentley S2 image  
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B564CU
Sold for $24,049
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC25BY
Sold for $196,797
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1961 Bentley S2 Sedan
Chassis#: B350 LBS
Sold for $41,800
  2013 Bonhams - Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
 
1961 BENTLEY S2 - no reserve
Sold for $25,794
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B724CU
Sold for $12,995
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 
1961 Bentley Sport 52 4-Door Sedan
Sold for $29,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1961 Bentley S2 Saloon
Chassis#: B700CU
Sold for $31,803
  2010 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC90CZ
Sold for $73,168
  2009 Coys Auction - Spirit of Motoring Ascot
 
1961 Bentley S2 Continental DHC Convertible By Park Ward
Chassis#: BC53LBY
Sold for $145,200
  2009 Russo and Steele - Monterey 2009
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Bentley S2's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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$0  
1961 BENTLEY S-2 SILVER CLOUD FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Flying Spur Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Flying Spur Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Flying Spur Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley S21960 LWB Shooting Brake
Coachbuilder: Wendler
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC108LAR
Engine Num: A107BC
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1960 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC54LAR
Engine Num: P4055
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Continental Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC102LAR
Engine Num: A101BC
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Continental Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC32LCZ
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Continental Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: BC41LBY
Chassis information for the Bentley S21961 Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC96LBY
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1962 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1962 Drophead Convertible
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1962 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1962 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC122LCZ
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Continental1962 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC60LCZ
Engine Num: C59BC
Chassis information for the Bentley S2 Mulliner1963 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B55 4CU


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