1958 Bentley S1
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1958 Bentley “S” Series “F” 4-dr Saloon
Designer: John P. Blatchley
Estimate: $35,000 - $42,000
Chassis Number: B92FA
Decoded: B=Bentley; 92=Unit number; FA=Sub-series designation
Engine: 4887cc OHV inline 6-cylinder
2xSU Carburetors/176 bhp (est.)
4-Speed Hydramatic Automatic Transmission
Power Assisted Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Odometer: 7,360 Miles Showing
• A Classic Design of Elegance
• Driver and Owner Friendly
• Well Appointed and Turn-Key Ready
The Model –From the establishment of the Rolls-Royce brand, the most important goal for the company had been to design and produce a superb engine mated to a rugged and reliable chassis, complete with a suspension and running gear package fit for royalty. When Rolls acquired Bentley, these qualities were combined with the sporting adventure of that heralded marque. Customers would select their own coachbuilder and have their Bentley or Rolls-Royce built to order. After WWII, after the company had acquired the coach building firms of Park Ward and H. J. Mulliner, the first offering of in-house or catalog bodies were offered straight from the factory in Crewe. When Rolls-Royce released the Silver Cloud in 1955, Bentley benefitted from the same standard coachwork from the shops of Mulliner craftsmen for the all new Bentley “S” series. The standard saloon was one of the most commanding, well designed and expertly assembled bodies to ever appear on a production vehicle with the long hood flanked by fenders that flowed into the main body. Spacious interiors that were functional and stately in presentation were the order of the day. Combined with precision mechanics and there simply was no better car on the market.
The Car – It is said that owners of a Rolls-Royce enjoy being driven in them, while owners of Bentley motorcars enjoy driving their cars. What a thrill it would be driving this rather charming example of the craftsmanship from the Crew factory. Originally built and produced for the home market, this car passed through the famous H. R. Owen dealership on Berkeley St. in London. At some point, it was delivered to the colonies where it was purchased by a man who wanted to prove his success to his mother. He bought this stunning car for the sole purpose of taking his “mum” from her senior living facility to church and back each Sunday. Pristine overall condition with recent service and partial restorations to produce a show winner car. Rated condition 2 (driven often) with minor work needed to make condition 1 show stopper. Most recent updated cosmetic items include carpets, weather stripping, refinished wood and chrome. Vehicle is fully detailed, including inside bonnet and undercarriage. Service records with tons of history. Completely rust free vehicle! All lines are tight and original. Paint is 9/10. This S1 shows extremely well with lots of local show awards. Finished in a stately combination of black over gold, the interior has been done in a light tan leather that is soft and comfortable. The woodwork on the dashboard is beautifully finished and the body work appears to be splendid in every way. This Bentley presents a rather unique opportunity to one of the most attractive cars ever produced.