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1955 Bentley S1 Continental : Classic Cars

Replacing the R-Type, Bentley launched the S1 as their predominant luxury car. Among these was the Continental which was meant for custom coachbuilt bodies in the same theme as the R-Type Continental. To underline the sporting potential, Bentley fitted a shorter radiator, higher transmission ratios and an optional manual transmission. These were some of the most expensive cars produced in the period.

When launched the S-seires Bentley was almost identical to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, except for the front radiator treatment. Both models used the same 4.9-liter inline-6 which could power the car up to 120 mph. The chassis was built from box-sectioned sheet steel and could support a variety of different bodies.

In October of 1955 the Continental chassis became available for custom coachwork. In total, 431 S1 Continentals were manufactured and the bulk of the bodies were built by H.J. Mulliner as a fastback sports saloon.

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Sources : 1955 Bentley S1 Continental Photo | 1955 Bentley S1 Continental Article


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