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1958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL FOUR DOOR SPORTS SALOON
1958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL FOUR DOOR SPORTS SALOON

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1958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL FOUR DOOR SPORTS SALOON
COACHWORK BY JAMES YOUNG

Registration no. OCK 525
Chassis no. BC 29 EL
Engine no. BC 28 E
Brewster Green with magnolia interior

Engine: six cylinder in line overhead inlet and side exhaust valves, twin SU carburettors, compression ratio 8:1, 4,887cc; Gearbox: four speed automatic; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drum; Suspension: front, independent by wishbones and coil springs, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs with electric ride control. Steering: power-assisted cam and roller. Right hand drive

In 1954 Bentley gained unprecedented attention with the introduction of its Continental option. With a top speed of nearly 120mph, the Continental was the fastest four-seater production car in the world and marked the firm's re-entry into the high speed touring market.

Whilst the majority of cars were now built with Standard factory coachwork, the company still supplied chassis complete with floor pans and scuttle/facia to the various coachbuilders, and those purchasing the sporting Continental often preferred it to carry more individual styling. More common choices were the designs of H.J. Mulliner and Park Card, however as shown with this car James Young offered a competent and attractive alternative, which pre-dates but is similar to the later Flying Spur.

Thomas Daglish of Hurst Green Lancashire, ordered BC 29 EL new from Jack Barclay Ltd, and waited approximately nine months for its coachwork to be completed, taking delivery of his new car, then registered 'DAG 22' in December 1958.

Subsequent ownership is noted on the build sheets, for the early Sixties, but no further history is known until the mid-1980s when a series of body refurbishment was carried out at marque specialists, Ristes, the car was at this time repainted to the current dark green, and the upholstery restored. The car remained in the custody of Ristes for annual servicing until 1994, and bills with the car account for some 22,000 of expenditure over this period. More recently annual servicing has been carried out at Jack Barclay.
Original equipment includes picnic tables, and smokers companions for the rear passengers, and electric windows for the driver and front passenger. In addition, at some stage inertia-reel seat belts have been fitted, as has a more modern Radiomobile stereo, and the car benefits from power steering as well as air-conditioning. On recent inspection started easily and ran well, and all electrics were operative.

Presented in good overall condition, the paintwork some has some age to it, with minor areas of sinkage and a small dent to the nearside passenger door, and there is some wear to the upholstery both areas, both these aspects would benefit from some detail work.
A handsome and rare Continental Bentley by James Young.
A handsome and rare Continental Bentley by James Young.
A handsome and rare Continental Bentley by James Young.
A handsome and rare Continental Bentley by James Young.
A handsome and rare Continental Bentley by James Young.
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