17 May 1999
1960 BENTLEY S2 STANDARD STEEL SALOON
Chassis No. B119 1BR
Metallic grey with dark red leather interior.
1960 BENTLEY S2 STANDARD STEEL SALOON Chassis No. B119 1BR Metallic grey with dark red leather interior. Engine: V8, overhead valves operated by pushrod, twin SU carburettors, 6,230cc; Gearbox: four speed automatic; Suspension: front independent coil, rear semi-elliptic; Brakes: drums all round with hydraulic operation to the front and mechanical servo assistance to the rear. Left hand drive.
At the 1959 London Motor Show, Rolls-Royce Bentley Motors introduced their first all alloy V8 engine in both the Bentley S2 and its equivalent, the Rolls-royce Silver Cloud II. This 6.2 litre engine, with hydraulic tappets operating overhead valves, produced an approximate 200bhp at 4500rpm. A large quantity of alloy was used in the engine construction, enabling a similar weight to be obtained to its 4.8 litre six cylinder predecessor. The result was a larger, more powerful engine providing an extremely smooth power curve and top speed well in excess of 110mph. The American Hydrmatic automatic transmission and power steering completed the modernisation, making the S2 a much more comfortable car to drive than the S1. Other changes from the earlier series included a smaller steering wheel, improvements in the braking system and variations in the instrument panel. However, the outstanding appeal of the S2 is its V8 engine and smooth performance.
This S2 is a very good, sound original car. It has air conditioning and a radio and is fitted with Radford appointments including a large steel sunroof and additional refinements in the rear compartment. When new it was sold in France to a banker. It was then sold on in 1975 to its second owner and is now offered for sale by its third owner.
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