Lot 139


1962 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupé by Park Ward

Offered from The 20th Century Collection


€92,000 EUR | Sold

Monaco | Monaco, Monaco



Chassis No.
Kuwait Vehicle Registration
  • Offered from The 20th Century Collection
  • Vilhelm Koren’s breathtaking design, one of the most modern on a post-war Bentley
  • Desirable left-hand-drive example, well-equipped, in its original livery
  • A restoration project for the devout Bentley enthusiast
Addendum: Please note this lot has entered the EU on a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Veuillez noter que ce lot est entré dans l'UE sous couvert d'une autorisation d'importation temporaire, qui doit être annulée soit en exportant le lot en dehors de l'UE avec une lettre de débarquement approuvé accompagné des documents douaniers nécessaires, soit en payant la TVA et les droits d'importation applicables pour que le lot reste dans l'UE.

Bentley’s first S-series Continental was a beautiful automobile but of rather classical lines. For the second series, the company made a rather dramatic turn, adapting a new design of fully modern mien (style no. 991) drawn by the Norwegian-born Vilhelm Koren under the direction of John Blatchley and sharing virtually none of its features with production S2s. It featured extremely clean lines, with wings that flowed cleanly from front to rear, forming slight peaks over the headlamps and neatly bladed fins in the rear. It was considered quite a step forward for Bentley at the time of its introduction—as was its construction, using aircraft-inspired methods in steel and alloy over a lightweight metal inner frame.

One of 65 left-hand-drive Drophead Coupés made, the car offered here, chassis number BC105LCZ, was originally specified for a Mr. J.J. Frankel, but final delivery was actually made to Mrs. G.B. Taylor of 1010 S. Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach, Florida, one assumes of the family that owned the delivering dealer, Taylor Motors. Originally finished in Sand with Beige hood and interior, it was specified with power hood, windows, and radio aerial, as well as Sundym glass. Following Mrs. Taylor’s use, the car appears to have remained in the Palm Beaches, as it was next recorded by the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club with Harold Crossman of Palm Beach in 1976; Mr. Crossman appears to have retained ownership until at least 1987.

While it remains in its original livery as presented to Mrs. Taylor, the car has in more recent years been part of a large private collection, and after a long period in storage exhibits considerable age and wear throughout, in particular to the finishes of the engine compartment and bodywork. It would now benefit from a careful restoration to original condition. Accompanied by copies of Rolls-Royce Foundation build and delivery documentation, it would be a most striking automobile when completed, as a fine example of one of the most audacious designs on a postwar Bentley chassis.