Bentley S2 Continental H.J Mulliner
- Steering Wheel:LHD
- Fuel Type:Petrol
- Previously sold by us to a famous Rockstar
- The 2nd car built to this body design
- Rare Factory sunshine roof and air conditioning
- Beautifully restored in its original Colour scheme
- Delivered new to the Netherlands in December 1959
- One of only 22 LHD examples produced
- Original purchaser correspondence and purchase invoice on file
Standing proudly in its original colour combination of Shell Grey coachwork with Blue Connelly hide. Wilton carpets bound in leather, handpainted coachlines and wheel embellishers to match the main hide. White wall tyres and sports lightweight seats make the car look sensational.
Built to order of Mr. H Smeets, after placing an order for the 'new continental' following the model unveiling earlier in the year in London. This example was the first European delivered car and the 2nd car built to this body design of 97 cars in total in both right and left hand drive. 71 of these cars were right hand drive examples and the remaining 26 left hand drive.
Original invoice and correspondence to H.J Mulliner are a fascinating read, Dated June 22nd 1959:
You will have heard by now from Mr. de Beaufort of Grund in Utrecht, that I have placed an order for a new Bentley Continental. I am placing this order now before I know anything about the chassis and very little about the body, because I am in a hurry to get the car as soon as possible after the exhibition in London and if possible delivery in November.
Apart from everything else that is normally Included in a Bentley, I would like to give you my requirements for this special body, but most of them or all of them will probably be standard and be incorporated anyway, but I just want to make sure.
Please bear in mind and this is very important, that the car will be both chauffeur driven for business when I shall be sitting in the back-seat and reading, but also owner driven for pleasure.
The car will of course have left-hand steering by which I mean the steering-wheel on the left when sitting in the car and when chauffeur driven I shall be sitting diagonally across from the driver in the back-seat where I need a strong reading light.
My standard Bentley, which I bought four years ago, was equipped with Avon tires, but these were noisy when cornering even when inflated a little higher than standard and I then had Michelin tires fitted, which were rather good and after that Bentley recommended Firestone tires (tubeless) which are very hard and the worst tires I ever had on my Bentley. I hope, that at last a tire can be found, that 1s "soft" that does not rumble on pavement and is silent when cornering. I think that tires with separate inside tubes would be better and I wonder if you have ever tried fitting different tires to front and rear to make this fast car ideal.
If the shape of the body is suitable for two tone lacquer, then the lower part should be metallic grey and the top part Tudor grey like on the standard Bentley. However if one colour is better, then the whole car should be metallic grey.
For the leather I have chosen the colour No.3015 from the 16th edition of the Vaumol Luxan Grain and colour range book. This is a blue, that is not too light nor too dark.
The car will of course have power steering and improved ventilation. This is very necessary, as on the standard Bentley, the ventilation on the dash-board was very ineffective in warm weather and opening the windows was impossible at the front, because of the terrific wind-roar at speeds that turned out, was even noisier. I notice that on your drawing you have this same little window. Did you ever try the horizontal louvre all along the top of the front-windows like they have it now on the Rover 3 litre and as you can see it on Alfa Romeo and Lancia special bodies?
There should be a sliding roof and some kind of devise, that prevents noise when this sliding roof is opened and you are driving at speed. I have seen these devises on some cars, but am not sure how they work exactly. Some seem to be in a permanent position and others are raised by opening the sliding roof. I think as in all American cars now you are almost boiled when sitting on the back-seat and driving from south to north in the middle of the day on an Auto-Bahn!
There should be a better radio than in the standard Bentley, which is useless on the continent in Europe, because you cannot pick-up enough stations and has no tonal strength. There should be some regulation for the horn to make it soft and loud and there should be devise for flashing the head-lights.
Looking forward to receiving "the best and the finest car in the world"
Mr Smeets highlighted a number of items which aided the final development which eventually became standard equipment to this series such as power steering, electric windows but the sunroof remains a unique feature of this car. This feedback must have been immensely helpful to Mulliner at this early stage.
H.J Mulliner had intended this body design to be the replacement for the Fastback. For the S2 Continental chassis was an evolution of this design and was available with a lower radiator grille and bigger, less inclined, boot lid incorporating the number plate and reversing lights as already seen on the Flying Spur. The interior boot area was completely re-designed, with a horizontal boot floor and the spare wheel positioned underneath, for increased luggage capacity. But the most evident change was the deletion of the unusual step on top of the front wings and the rear fins over the tail lamps. Design no.7514 reached a shape of rare beauty, becoming one of the most successful coachbuilt models of the Silver Cloud and S-Type chassis range.
Equipped with the newly developed alloy 6,230cc V8 engine automatic transmission and power assisted steering (now standard equipment), the series two cars made the ultimate Auto Route cruiser. When unveiled to public and 52 years later they are still a very capable outside lane cruiser where you can gallop the miles in comfort, effortless motoring at its very best.
This example stands correctly, the panel fitment is mm perfect the swage lines crisp and crucially sharp down both sides of the car as the day it rolled off the H.J Mulliner factory line. Chrome work mirror finish - faultless, Wilton carpets and Connolly hide brand there has been a considerable amount of money - effort and time invested into this example and the white walls set the car off. Over the years this example has been owned and formed some of the most prominent and prestigious collections in the Netherland, UK and the USA. Known to DD CLASSICS since 1995 when originally sourced and then sold by Daniel to its famed Rockstar owner.
On button ready for its next adventure down the Routes-Nationales with their tall poplar trees lining the long straights. Magnifique - they do not come better than this car.
Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call to book an appointment.
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- Steering WheelLHD
- Fuel TypePetrol
- Body TypeCoupe
- Engine and Drivetrain
- Steering WheelLHD