1957 Bentley Continental S1

Rolls-Royce introduced all newly designed cars in 1946: the Silver Dawn, Silver Wraith and Mark VI Bentley.

These cars incorporated an all-new 4.25 liter inline six engine with overhead intake and side exhaust valves, commonly referred to as an F head design. These were among the most reliable, durable and easiest to work on engines made by Rolls-Royce.

In 1955 these models, except the Silver Wraith, were replaced by the Silver Cloud and S1 Bentley utilizing the same engine enlarged to 4.9 liters. The Silver Cloud and S1 Bentley were identical but for the radiator shell and nameplates.

Production continued until 1959 when the Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 were introduced, which were basically identical except for a new V8 engine. Total production of the S1 was 3107. All had standard steel bodies made by Rolls-Royce, except 121 which had custom coachwork.


Related Reading : Bentley S1 and Continental History

The Bentley S1 was produced from 1955 through 1959 during which 3538 examples were created with 145 being outfitted with custom bodies. 431 examples were Bentley S1 Continentals. Thirty-five of the Bentley S1s sat atop a long wheelbase. Some of the notable coachbuilders who outfitted the S1s were Park Ward and H.J. Mulliner. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I and the Bentley S1 were nearly identical,....
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When Bentley was purchased by the Volkswagen conglomerate in 1998, many fans of the marque feared the brand would lose its identity. With long time brother Rolls-Royce getting sold off to a different parent company, though, those worries were unwarranted. Prior to the 1930s, Rolls-Royce and Bentley were serious competitors. Both firms offered their unique interpretations on the English gentlemans....
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1957 Vehicle Profiles

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward

The 1957 Bentley Continental S-1 is one of 31 left-driver, Park Ward alloy bodied drophead coupes built between 1956 and 1959. This late example is equipped an upgraded engine with oversized valves and a larger carburetor. Other features included h....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Chassis Num: BC30LCH

In 1955, a new Bentley, known as the S-Type, was launched using a 4.9 liter, straight six engine. The car continued through three generations, the S1, S2, and S3 - the later cars using an aluminum V8 engine, which is the forerunner of today's 6.75 l....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward

When the S-Type Bentley replaced the R-Type, the high-end series of this great luxury car was once again the Continental. The S-Type (and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud) received a new chassis with a wheelbase that was three inches longer (at 123 inch....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb

Chassis Num: 1B532EG
Engine Num: BE 266

This 1957 Bentley S1 Saloon was delivered to coachbuilders Freestone & Webb on May 24th of 1957. The car was fitted with power-assisted steering and a four-speed automatic Turbo-Hydra-matic transmission. The work was commissioned by dealer, H.R. Ow....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

This Bentley S1 Continental Park War is one of just 33 left drive Park Ward S Continental Sport Coupes built between 1955 and 1959. This is perhaps one of six to wear the latest configuration of the series and was the 1957 Paris Salon Car. It is equi....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward

This Bentley S1 Continental is a well-documented late specification specimen and one of just 31 left-hand drives built between 1955 and 1959. It was delivered in 1957 to Baroness Pannonica Rothschild de Koeningswater. Upon her demise in 1988, ownersh....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

This is a nicely documented, late specification example of 33 left-drives built in 1955-1959. In June of 1957, this sports Coupe was delivered tin Monte Carlo to the Greek Shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos and elegantly finished in Circassian Blue wi....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Hooper

This car has a Hooper coach-built saloon body, one of just nine with the Design No. 8497. This styling incorporated the new cutout spats introduced at the 1957 Earls Court Motor Show in London. The original owner was George Matthey of Johnson Matthey....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

The S1 Park Ward Continental Coupe is a unique, high performance car and is one of 33 left-drive examples built by coachbuilder Park Ward. It was intended to be larger and more generously sized than the previous R-Type models and was specifically man....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward

Chassis Num: BC3LCH
Engine Num: BC3C

The aluminum bodied Bentley Continental had aerodynamic coachwork and contrasted greatly with the Bentley standard steel cars of the time. They both shared an identical chassis and engine, however the Continental had a 2.923 rear axle instead of the ....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Fastback
Designer: Mulliner

Chassis Num: BC96LBG
Engine Num: BC95B

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 engin....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Designer: Park Ward

Chassis Num: BC91LBG

The Bentley S1 Continental was conceived to be an exclusively coachbuilt car. Accordingly, each of 432 S1 Continentals received coachwork from the few remaining coachbuilders that survived World War II. H.J. Mulliner, Hooper and James Young all built....[continue reading]

1957 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

This car was delivered new Harrison Eiteljorg on September 6, 1957. There were only 431 S1 Continental Park Wards built and only 31 were left-hand drives. Bentley claimed the Continental as 'the fastest four-seater in the world' with a top speed of 1....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
 
Chassis #: BC30LCH 
Drophead Coupe
 
Saloon by Freestone & Webb
Chassis #: 1B532EG 
Sports Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 
Drophead Coupe
 
Sports Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 
Saloon by Hooper
 
Sports Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 
Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: BC3LCH 
Fastback
Chassis #: BC96LBG 
Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: BC91LBG 
Sports Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 

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#1#2#3Bentley
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)

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