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1955 Bentley S1 Series

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The Bentley S-Series (later known as the Bentley S1) was a high-speed, luxurious grand tourer produced from 1955 through 1959 with 3,538 examples built during that time. Serving as a replacement for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type, the all-new Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Series wore sleeker bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis, with improved brakes and a suspension system with electrically controlled damping. Both the S1 and the Silver Cloud were similar, apart from the radiator grille. The inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine gained a six-port cylinder head and a larger displacement size of 4,887cc and marked the first time that the Bentley and Rolls used identical specifications. Automatic transmission was now standard equipment, with manual transmission a Bentley-only option up to 1957.

Both the Rolls-Royce and Bentley used body-on-frame construction, however, most wore 'standard steel' bodies which meant the demand for coachbuilt alternatives continued to decline, and just 145 S1s were so-equipped, most often by British coachbuilders. The wheelbase of the S1 measured 123-inches and had an overall length of 211.75-inches. It had more interior room than its predecessor, the R-Type, which rested on a 120-inch wheelbase and had an overall length of 200-inches. From 1957, a longer 127-inch wheelbase platform was offered on the Bentley S, and 35 examples received this configuration including 12 with custom coachwork.

S Continental
The S Continental was built in chassis form only and received custom coachwork by Park Ward, Freestone & Webb, H.J. Mulliner & Company, and James Young. A pre-production 2-seater fixed-head-coupe was created for the Bentley factory by Pininfarina.

The S Continental was a high-performance version introduced six months after the S1, and a total of 431 examples were ultimately built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2021

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1955 Vehicle Profiles

1955 Bentley S1 Series vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb

Chassis Num: B202LAN

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,070-$12,000
1955 S1 Series
$12,000-$18,050
1955 Bentley S1 Series Base Price : $12,000

Other 1955 Bentley Models

S1 and Continental

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
123.00 in.
6 cyl., 298.22 CID., 178.00hp
$12,000 - $12,000
123.00 in.
6 cyl., 298.22 CID., 177.00hp
123.00 in.
6 cyl., 298.00 CID., 178.00hp
123.00 in.
6 cyl., 298.00 CID., 178.00hp
$18,600 - $18,600
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 380.18 CID., 200.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Bentley
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)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)

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