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To many connoisseurs the Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars of the Fifties and early Sixties were the last cars displaying the traditional craftsmanship for which Rolls-Royce had become world-famous. Their separate chassis allowed an uncommon elegance of coachwork design.
First introduced in 1955, the Bentley S-Type (retrospectively known as the S1) was a larger car than the R-Type that it replaced, which was really a late '40s design from the steel rationing era. The S1's power came from an enlarged version of the R-Type's six cylinder, overhead inlet/side valve exhaust type head, now of 4887cc which propelled the car on to 120 mph with the 0-60 dash completed in 12.9 seconds. Early cars were available with manual transmission, however most cars had a four speed automatic gearbox, power steering was only available from 1956 which was much needed.
The beautiful shape of the S1 used the car's length to its full advantage, with the interior featuring all of the usual appointments expected in a Bentley.
The present car was purchased from the first owner approximately in 1974 in London England, and was shipped to the US in1980. Both body and engine are in an excellent condition with extremely low mileage (below 47,650 miles). The exterior is finished in silver and black, the interior with burgundy House of Lord Connolly hide upholstery along with elegant wood finish. Since before and after purchase it has been garaged, therefore no rust which is common for automobiles of its age.