Berkshire SL5 7JX
Sunday 23 May 2010 at 3pm
Registration Number: XRU 900 Chassis Number: B-473FD
To many connoisseurs the Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars of the Fifties and early Sixties were the last cars displaying the traditional craftsmanship for which Rolls-Royce had become world-famous. Their separate chassis allowed an uncommon elegance of coachwork design, either by the Crewe factory itself or by independent coachbuilders such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young; the unitary construction of body and chassis of all subsequent models all but ended such a traditional association.
First introduced in 1955, the Bentley S-Type (retrospectively known as the S1) was a larger car than the R-Type that it replaced, which was really a late ‘40s design from the steel rationing era. The S1‘s power came from an enlarged version of the R-Type‘s six cylinder, overhead inlet/side valve exhaust type head, now of 4887cc which propelled the car on to