1958 Bentley Continental S1

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were built as a replacement for the aging Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type. They were introduced in 1955 and given sleeker bodywork, improved brakes, and suspension, and built upon a new box-section separate chassis. The wheelbase grew by three inches to 123. Power assist steering was optional. Under the hood was an inlet-over-exhaust 6-cylinder engine enlarged to 4,887cc. Both the Rolls-Royce and Bentley, for the first time, had identical specifications. The 4-speed GM Hydra-Matic automatic gearbox was now standard equipment, with manual transmission being a Bentley-only option up to 1957. The S1 had a top speed of just over 103 mph and could go from zero-to-sixty mph in 13.1 seconds.

Production of the S1 Bentley lasted from 1955 through 1959 with a total of 3,538 examples built. Continentals accounted for only 431 of the total, all of them coach-built. The most prolific coachbuilder was H.J. Mulliner, who was responsible for 218 in several different styles.


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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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1958 Vehicle Profiles

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: James Young

The S-1 Continental was produced from 1955 until 1959. Most base-series S1s were factory-made steel sedans, but 431 S1 Continentals were custom-built by outside coach makers. This left-hand drive model is one of seven by James Young coachworks and ....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC48LCH
Engine Num: BC47C

The Bentley S1 Continental was produced in very limited numbers from 1955 through 1959. There were only 33 left-hand drive bodies made by Park Ward in the fixed head coupe style.....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC22FM

This 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe with coachwork by Park Ward was offered for sale at the 2007 Christie's Auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center'. It is one of 431 Continentals produced during the five-years of p....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Between 1956 and 1959 some 31 left-hand drive drop head coupes were built by Park Ward on the Bentley Continental S1 chassis. This car's aluminum body sits on a 123-inch chassis powered by a 298 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine with a quoted 178 horse....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Fastback
Coachwork: Mulliner

This H.J. Mulliner Fastback is one of only 24 left-hand drives built and only 12 are known to exist today. This late example was initially ordered by Josephine Tarafa of Havana, Cuba, with an impressive list of one-off extras that included high spee....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC43LCH

First introduced in 1955, the Bentley S-Type, retrospectively known as the S1, was a much larger car than the Bentley R-Type that it replaced. Differing only in its radiator and badging from the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, the S1s power came from an en....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC3LDJ

Founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 at New Streets Mews in London, Bentley Motors had been born after 'W.O.' had already made a name for himself building rotary engines for British World War I aircraft. Such aircraft as the Sopwith Camel would be powered....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC35LDJ
Engine Num: BC34D

This Bentley S1 Continental is believed to be one of ten build by Park Ward of London, to this coupe design on a left-hand drive chassis. The design was originally created for the 1957 Paris Show and had a wraparound rear window, large rear quarter w....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Two Door Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC3 LFM
Engine Num: BC3 F

Replacing the R-Type Continental in 1955, the Bentley S1 Continental was conceived as an exclusively coachbuilt car. A total of 432 chassis were made. The Continental was the most powerful 5-seat sports saloon on the road, with a top speed of 120 mph....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC25LDJ

The Bentley S1 followed the R-Type in late 1955 and was one of the era's most stylish motor cars. The Park Ward Drophead Coupe on this S1 is the work of legendary coachwork designer John Blatchley, famous for the Mulliner-bodied R-Type Continental. I....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Convertible
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: B212LFA

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and its Bentley equivalent, the S-Type, were introduced in 1955 as replacements for the aging Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type. For the first time since Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley their models shared the same ....[continue reading]

1958 Bentley Continental S1 vehicle information

Continental Flying Spur
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: BC22LEL

Bentley built 3,538 examples of the S-Type between 1955 and 1959. Of those, Continentals accounted for 431, all of them were coachbuilt. H.J. Mulliner was the most prolific coachbuilder, responsible for 218 in several different styles. This particula....[continue reading]

Saloon by James Young
 
Two Door Hardtop Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC48LCH 
Two Door Hardtop Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC22FM 
Drop Head Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 
Fastback by Mulliner
 
Drop Head Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC43LCH 
Drop Head Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC3LDJ 
Two Door Hardtop Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC35LDJ 
Two Door Hardtop Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC3 LFM 
Drop Head Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC25LDJ 
Convertible by Mulliner
Chassis #: B212LFA 
Continental Flying Spur by Mulliner
Chassis #: BC22LEL 

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1958 Continental S1
1958 Bentley Continental S1 Base Price : $18,600

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Bentley
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
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)

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