Displacement: 4,887 cc
Engine Torque: Adequate
Top Speed: 103 mph
0 - 60 mph: 12.5 seconds
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The ‘S’ series Bentleys were the last to feature a separate chassis and body and consequently the last to offer the possibility to be truly coach built. Indeed, many fabulous variations were produced, but in fact, the standard factory body was extremely handsome in its own right and truly encapsulated the pomp & grandeur that epitomized the marque.
This particular example was purportedly supplied to HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, though sadly, no build sheets, records or other supporting documentation of any sort, exist in the Rolls-Royce & Bentley archives. In later (and documented) years, it was owned by the actress Connie Stevens, who used the car to attend premieres and other gala functions. Finished in a most striking combination of Mason’s Black over Gold with beige hides to the front & rear, the car still has great presence.
Upon close inspection, the paint is showing its age, with various flaws and imperfections but still shows well. The original leather is still in very good shape, supple with no rips or tears. The burr walnut fascia, door cappings and picnic trays are all in good shape, though the lacquer is aged & worn in some parts. The glass and chrome are very presentable.
The engine starts instantly and is smooth & quiet, the transmission shifts well, the steering is taut and the entire braking system was overhauled less than fifty miles ago.
These fabulous machines represent not only one of the finest cars in the world but also, tremendous ‘bang for the buck’. The chance to look like a ‘million dollars’ for a mere fortieth of the price!