A cousin of the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, the Bentley S2 debuted in September 1959, carrying an all-new, powerful aluminium overhead-valve V-8 engine. While Rolls-Royce, Bentley’s parent firm, had long disdained the publication of horsepower ratings, the new V-8 was estimated to produce about 178 horsepower and, due to lower weight, made both the Silver Cloud II and S2 faster and quicker than their immediate predecessors.
A well proportioned, ‘Cutaway Door’, four seater tourer, bodied many years ago to a good standard, very much along the lines of a contemporary Vanden Plas design, sought after by many. Although slightly scruffy cosmetically, the car is sound, running well, driving nicely, with a sweet engine, recently fitted with a new aluminium cylinder head as well as benefitting from an oil filter conversion. We get the sense that the engine may have been overhauled in the not too distant past, but we have no way of proving this due to lack of evidence. A good car, sensibly priced compared to an original bodied similar example, and in many ways in ideal condition to use and enjoy, perhaps with a few improvements. Lots of potential and very sensibly priced. After many years overseas, the car has been repatriated and is now back on its original UK registration number and MoT tested until November 2017. Just fully re-wired in correct, cotton-bound cable.