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1960 Bentley S2 Continental

Bentley replaced their six-cylinder engine in the autumn of 1959 with an all-aluminum 6320cc V-8. It was smooth, quiet, and well-engineered. It had hydraulic tappets, steel wet cylinder liners, along with modified braking and lubrication system, power steering, and a four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Air conditioning was optional and vehicles fitted with this feature were painted either off-white or silver.

The Bentley S2 Series and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II had similar appearance and both received V8 power.

Production of the Bentley S2 Series lasted from 1959 through 1962 with a total of 2,310 examples produced. Body styles included a 4-door saloon in both short and long wheelbase versions. H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Radford, and James Young also produced custom bodies for the S2 Series.

The S2 Series had a wheelbase size of 123 while the long wheelbase version had 127 inches.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

Related Reading : Bentley S2 and Continental History

The Bentley S2 was introduced in 1959 and produced until 1962. The S2 replaced the S1 and would later be replaced by the S3. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I and the Bentley S1 had been nearly identical. This tradition continued with the Bentley S2 and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II also being nearly identical. Most of the bodies were constructed by Bentley but few custom coachbuilders, such as Hooper,....
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Related Reading : Bentley S2 and Continental History

A ride oozing pure luxury, the extravagant S2 Continental was a high-performance variant of the Bentley S2, which was produced from 1959 through 1962. The S2 designation stood for the new V8 engine and the designation Continental had been previously used from 1912 by Rolls Royce. Standard on S2 models was power steering, a new dashboard and steering wheel, though some early models came with the....
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A CENTURY OF INNOVATION: THE BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR

Bentleys centenary celebrations continue in 2019 with the anniversary of another landmark model in the companys history. The S2 Continental Flying Spur was launched 60 years ago to great acclaim and is a timely reminder of the luxury British car makers ongoing quest to extend the limits of innovation. The elegant S2 featured an all-new aluminium V8 that afforded a significant boost in power.....
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1960 Vehicle Profiles

1960 Bentley S2 Continental vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: James Young

Introduced in 1959 and produced until 1962, the Bentley S2 Continental is considered by many to be the greatest model of the S-series, well-known and appreciated for their ample room for passengers and luggage.....[continue reading]

1960 Bentley S2 Continental vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC108LAR
Engine Num: A107BC

Bentley Motors Limited was founded in 1919 by W.O. Bentley who was primarily known for his rotary aero-engines used in World War I Sopwith Camels. Though perhaps hard to imagine today, early on, the company was also known for its racing prowess. Bent....[continue reading]

1960 Bentley S2 Continental vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: BC54LAR
Engine Num: P4055

The Bentley S2 and its twin wearing a different badge - the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, both were given the basic chassis of the original Bentley S1 / Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I. The six-cylinder engine was replaced by an aluminum overhead-valve V8.....[continue reading]

1960 Bentley S2 Continental vehicle information

Flying Spur Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

This 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Saloon 'Flying Spur' was spotlighted in the Paris Show in 1960. This motorcar is one of only fifty-one left-hand drives ever built of this model.....[continue reading]

1960 Bentley S2 Continental vehicle information

Flying Spur Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

This Bentley is one of 24 left-hand drives built. Announced at the beginning of October 1959 the S2 replaced the S1's straight-six engine with a new aluminum Rolls-Royce Bentley L Series V-8 shared with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. It displaced 6....[continue reading]

Saloon by James Young
 
Drophead Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC108LAR 
Drophead Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: BC54LAR 
Flying Spur Saloon by Mulliner
 
Flying Spur Saloon by Mulliner
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$825-$14,595
1960 S2 Continental
$14,595-$22,745
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Base Price : $14,595

Other 1960 Bentley Models

S2 and Continental

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
123.00 in., 127.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.18 CID., 200.00hp
$14,590 - $14,590
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.18 CID., 200.00hp
123.00 in., 127.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.18 CID., 200.00hp
$14,595 - $14,595
123.00 in., 127.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.18 CID., 200.00hp
$14,595 - $14,595
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.18 CID., 200.00hp
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.00 CID., 205.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Bentley
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
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)

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