1959→1962 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupé
In 1959 Bentley upgraded their flagship chassis to the 6¾-liter V8 including the S2 Continental which was intended as a driver's car for more sporting coachwork.
For the most part the Continental line was limited to coupes and cabriolets with one exception being the four-door Flying Spur. These included the James Young Sports Saloon, H.J. Mulliner Coupé, H.J. Mulliner Flying Spur and Park Ward Drophead Coupé.
The open Drophead Coupé by Park Ward was distinct on the S2 line. It was designed by Vilhelm Koren of Norway for Park Ward with a straight fender line and more outwardly positioned front headlights.
125 of the 388 S2 Continentals were built with this Drophead Coupé design.
Auction Sales History
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drop Head Coupe BC32LCZ - did not sell for $180,000
One of Just 62 Left-Hand-Drive Examples. Fitted with Factory- Delivered Air-Conditioning. Exceptionally Well-Kept Continental. Recent Mechanical and Cosmetic Attention. Offered with Books, Tools and Receipts.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupé BC111AR - sold for €48,010
Compared with the standard S2 bodywork, coachbuilder Park Ward differentiated its Drophead Coupé models with a straight-through wing line from nose to tail, hooded headlamps and a three-inch shorter radiator grille. The right-hand drive, first-year example offered here is equipped with power steering and a four-speed automatic gearbox. The maroon exterior paintwork has been restored as required, and other features include a white leather inter... read more
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Drop Head Coupe BC32LCZ - did not sell for $130,000
Most S2s carried factory “Standard Steel Saloon” coachwork, which satisfied the company’s commercial requirements, but not necessarily those of all its customers. For those preferring something more exclusive, Bentley and Rolls were still offering bespoke coachwork, which was executed by and large on the Continental, as opposed to the standard S2. H.J. Mulliner, which had been acquired by Rolls-Royce, was responsible for the closed body styles... read more
Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey