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THE PROPERTY OF MR. GREGORY PECK

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THE PROPERTY OF MR. GREGORY PECK

1961 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL "FLYING SPUR"

COACHWORK BY H.J. MULLINER

Chassis No.BC102LAR
Metallic green with light tan leather interior

Engine:V8, 6,230cc, overhead valve; Gearbox: four speed automatic; Brakes: four wheel drum; Suspension: front, independent coil, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs. Left hand drive.

Two hundred and twenty-one Continental S2s were built, featuring the latest compact lightweight V8 engine which produces about 200bhp (although this was never officially confirmed), power steering, and automatic transmission. Higher overall gearing and the superior four-shoe front brakes were among the features distinguishing the Continental from the standard chassis.

The Flying Spur four-door style was largely the result of cooperation between Mulliner's chief stylist, Herbert Nye, and the project team at Crewe which created the ownership possibility of having a distinctly fast Bentley with special coachwork.

The name "Continental" was adopted to introduce the new improved performance R-Type Bentley in 1952. The H.J. Mulliner fastback was to set a new trend in post-war design and re-established the awareness of Bentley's sporting heritage. With the top speed of nearly 120mph the Continental was the fastest four-seater production car in the world at that time, and marked the company's re-entry into the high-speed touring market

Chassis number BC120LAR has been in the ownership of Mr. Gregory Peck since 1962.

Gregory Peck has more than 60 major motion pictures to his credit. His honors include the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962; The Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian decoration, 1969, and a second Oscar the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 1968. In 1989 he received the American Film Institute's prestigeous 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

The much loved possession was acquired, as Mr. Peck stated in a magazine interview, because "I fell in love with it." This elegant car has been used only for special outings and occasions and therefore only boasts a genuine 84,000 miles. There are various service bills from 1978 through to the present day supporting extensive maintenance, including bills for exterior repainting and new carpets, totalling $5,900 in 1979. New leather was fitted at a cost of $3,000 and in 1980 the engine recieved a top end rebuild as well as restoration of the woodwork. Mr. Peck has a substantial file of service invoices. The car's oil pressure is reading low but has recently been checked by a Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist who confirms the gauge is not reading correctly.

The Flying Spur is one of the most desirable post-war Bentleys, and this example with its exceptional provenance is even more so.


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