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1956 Bentley Continental SI 2-door Coupe by Park Ward
- One of only 30 ‘A’ Series cars
- Matching numbers
- Sympathetically restored
Following the success of the iconic fastback R-Type Continental, one of the most handsome of the fastback’s successors was the 2-door coupe designed by Park Ward and coach built on the updated Series I Bentley chassis. The result further reinforced Bentley’s post-war reputation for effortlessly combining the marque’s sporting heritage with a highly capable road car of supreme luxury.
Park Ward built just 69 Bentley Continentals with this ‘701’ design coachwork, a low-profile four-light two-door saloon with strikingly elegant proportions and ample room for four, and this particular examples is one of only 30 ‘A’ Series cars. The S1 Continental, with its remarkable performance and stunning good looks, soon became the Bentley model of choice for those who could afford one. By 1957, the model’s suggested retail price including tax was £7,587.
In its stunning colour combination of Caribbean Blue metallic with Red St James leather interior and deep red Wilton carpets this fine example is effortlessly stylish and quintessentially what a Bentley Continental should be. It is also a coveted matching numbers car with 4.9 Litre six cylinder engine with a four speed automatic gearbox. A large history file shows the car had been in long term ownership and evidently cherished by its previous owners, and with the current owner it has been subject to a further 250 hours of recent work including new paint and trim and uprating and detailing to ensure this beautiful classic is on the button, and completely up to date. Among many practical upgrades are a number of discreet touches which cleverly combine modern technology with classic styling.
Just the thing for the attending Goodwood.