CARS FOR SALE
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner
Supplied new to Prince Varanad of Siam
Matching numbers and colours
Superb factory specification including, left-hand drive, electric windows, whitewall tyres, sunroof
Original left-hand drive
The Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur by H.J. Mulliner
The Bentley S2 Continental features the elegant, H J Mulliner-designed, ‘Flying Spur’ four-door coachwork, and is one of 54 with left-hand drive out of 125 completed in this style on the S2 chassis. Rolls-Royce had envisaged the Bentley Continental as exclusively a two-door car, but late in 1957 the decision was taken to sanction the production of a four-door variation by H J Mulliner. Introduced on the S1 Continental and known as the ‘Flying Spur’, this design was a collaborative effort by Rolls-Royce’s in-house styling department and H J Mulliner, and bore a strong resemblance both to the two-door Continental and to existing Coachbuilt four-door styles on Rolls-Royce and (non-Continental) Bentley chassis. The Flying Spur body style continued on the V8-engined S2 Continental and was revised to incorporate the S3’s four-headlamp front end following the latter’s introduction in 1962. To the Continental’s existing qualities of pace and elegance, the Flying Spur added four-door practicality, a more spacious interior and generously proportioned boot, making it even more suited to extended touring of far-flung destinations.
This Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
This Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ by H.J. Mulliner, chassis “BC92LAR” was first delivered to his Royal Highness Prince Varanand of Siam in July of 1960, where it remained at his Swiss residence and was assigned with the registration “NV 1”. It was finished in a Light Blue Metallic with a Scarlet Red interior, the very same colour scheme it wears today. The Bentley was then passed on to a government employee in August of 1969 and registration “B –A1”, Mr Herr Lohr of Krefeld, Germany acquired the Bentley in 1987. Our client purchased the car from Mr Lohr in 2005, in recent years the well-known Dutch interior restorer Cools was responsible for the application and processing of a new Connolly interior in the original colour of Scarlet Red. The wood veneer has also extensively been restored by expert craftsmen. The extensive history file contains numerous invoices for work carried out by various specialists over the years, testifying to its previous owners’ fastidious approach to maintenance. Recently an extensive restoration was under taken by Dutch experts over the course of 20 months during 2017, 2018. The extensive history file contains numerous invoices for work carried out by various specialists over the years, testifying to its previous owners’ fastidious approach to maintenance with copies of the original Bentley build sheet is included. Also present: Original owner’s guide.
This fully matching numbers and colours example is in concours condition, and with only 54 original left-hand drive S2 Continentals made, this turn-key example is a very desirable acquisition for any collection.