1957/58 BENTLEY S-1 CONTINENTAL Park Ward Design 872 Sports
Paris Show Car the First of Eleven Left Drives built. 73,183 km
(45,739 miles) believed correct.
This delightful performer was equipped from new with the final
specification large valve, large carburetor engine, power steering,
dual master cylinder braking system, heavier rear axle shafts and
more. Authentic air conditioning for the period has been fitted.
Its efficiency and that of the cooling system have been upgraded
using technology unavailable a half century ago.
The factory record tells us that this was the 1957 Paris Salon Car.
It was originally delivered on September 24, 1957 to Leon Paulet,
Esq. at 5 Square Stalingrad, Marseille, France. Mr. Paulet was an
engineer whose firm was founded in 1913 to supply arms and
precision machine tools and in 1919 graduated to manufacturing
components for automobiles. In 1921 they revealed a chassis of
their own. The Leon Paulet Type 6AB was a large, formal automobile
based upon a Hispano-Suiza design. Very few were made before
cessation of the project in 1927.
Still titled in France to an original family member the vehicle was
acquired by us from a noted Belgian trader in December 2007 in
virtually original condition throughout aside from a poor respray
to the side panels. The absence of wear to certain indicators and
the advanced age of the original owner would tend to confirm that
the 67,000+ kilometer (42,000 mile) odometer reading at the time
A complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration including but not
limited to a bare metal refinish, complete rebuild of the engine,
the gearbox and the braking systems and a fresh show quality
interior and re-veneering of the wood pieces was completed July
2009. Upon disassembly it was found to have several unique features
including factory power windows, map pockets to the backs of the
front seats and zippered document pouch to the headliner, all
faithfully included in this, its first and only restoration.
Elegantly finished in Alpine Grey over Black Garnet with parchment
hides, we believe this 2018 Amelia Island Peoples Choice Trophy
Winner is by far the finest and perhaps the only left drive example
available anywhere in the world.
1957 Bentley S1
Location:North Miami , Florida
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