1958 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner
Model: S1 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis no.:BC2 FM
Model:S1 Continental Flying Spur
Body Style:H.J Mulliner
Rolls-Royce had envisaged the Bentley Continental as exclusively a two-door car but late in 1957 the decision was taken to sanction the production of a four-door variation by H J Mulliner.
Introduced on the S-Series Continental and known as the 'Flying Spur', this design was a collaborative effort by Rolls-Royce's in-house styling department and H J Mulliner, and bore a strong resemblance both to the two-door Continental and to existing coachbuilt four-door styles on Rolls-Royce and (non-Continental) Bentley chassis.
To the Continental's existing qualities of pace and elegance, the Flying Spur added four-door practicality, a more spacious interior and a generously proportioned boot. The S-Type's new box-section chassis incorporated improved brakes and suspension and an enlarged (to 4,887cc) and more powerful version of the existing inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine. The Continental came with a higher compression ratio, shorter radiator, power assisted steering and higher gearing and, for a time at least, could be ordered with right-hand change manual transmission.
The Continental Flying Spur cost £7,994 in 1957 – some 44% more than the S-Series 'standard steel' saloon or more than three times the value of the average UK house. Ownership of what was one of the most expensive and exclusive automobiles of its day was necessarily confined to a handful of wealthy connoisseurs.
A very elegant Flying Spur, presented in a very attractive colour, comes with an extensive history file.
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