Nostalgia Classic Cars proudly presents you a quintessential British limousine, the 1956 Bentley S1. Before entering our showroom, this Bentley S1’s bodywork was completely restored by a marque specialist. Finished in two-tone metallic silver on gray, with red pinstripe accents, and adorned with the famous Flying B hood ornament, this opulent cruiser is the epitome of mid century European class. Its spacious interior boasts a combination of light grey leather, chrome and extensive luxurious burl woodwoork trim on the dashboard, doors and pillars, and folding rear passenger trays. Under the hood lies the 4.9L inline six engine with 155 horsepower and 57,705 kilometers on the clock, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Built from 1955 to 1959, Bentley S1 was a successor to the R Type, and was almost identical to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. The main distinction between the two was the radiator grill; Rolls-Royce had the classic, monolithic chrome mask, while Bentley’s was a bit more streamlined, giving the car a sportier, more aerodynamic look. The S1 was the last Bentley to use independent chassis, and its bodywork was constructed from pressed steel with aluminum doors, front and rear bonnet. The 4.9L straight-six was the final evolution of the engine originally used in the Rolls-Royce Twenty, with dual SU carburetors.
A total of 3538 examples of the Bentley S1 were made during its production period, 3072 of which were standard wheelbase models. That makes these Bentleys quite rare and desirable, and we're happy to have the opportunity to offer one superb example to you.