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1958 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL S1 JAMES YOUNG AUTO - £205,000

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The success of the R Type Continental between 1952 and 1955 lead to the creation of the S Type Continental chassis, which was released in April of 1955Having worked with Victor Barclay at Jack Barclay we saw many versions of the James Young Continental's from the 1950's and 60's as well as the numerous Phantom V bodied by them tooJack Barclay had a good eye and in owning James Young Coach Builders in Bromley, Kent he also had the undisputed genius of AF McNeill to head up his design teamTheir designs are widely considered to be some of the most beautiful examples of coachwork in the post war era, regardless of marque, and their quality was without doubt the best of the rest in Rolls-Royce and Bentley coachworkThe shut of their doors is beyond reproach and the lightness of construction is amazingChassis No BC26CH is one of just thirteen cars built to Design No CT29 by James Young in right hand drive on the S1 Continental chassisA further three cars were built in left hand driveOur example, BC26CH as mentioned above, was completed in June 1958 and supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd, (naturally) to her first owner, Mr William P Harrower of EdinburghHe kept the car until 1960 when she was sold to L. M. Van Moppes of Basingstoke thereafter she popped over to the US before being acquired and repatriated in 1988 by Bentley specialist P.J.FischerPeter is a great chum of ours - he and I used to do a lot of business in the 1990's as his array of Continental's, in immaculate condition, was legendaryHe found a French buyer, a Monsieur Ferrary-Berthlot (actually a keen car collector and Doctor of Medicine practicing in Pediatrics) in 1988 and took in part exchange a 300SE coupe and a 280SE DHCThe invoice price in 1988 was £49.000 - about half the price of a new Bentley in period and coincidentally this is in line with today's valuesM. Ferrary-Berthlot kept the car for the next 29 years during which period he only drove a further 3.000 miles and happily Peter was able to re-purchase her againFully serviced whilst in France, he as a Swiss chap, still had to run through his usual checks still using his mechanical team, now called English AutomotiveA small bill only was levied as the car is so goodThe interior is so original, it's almost unheard of and the cockpit smells only like an old Bentley in good condition can smell - lovelyWe particularly like the rear seat headrests and the manner in which they have been fitted plus the switches for the front seat electric windows tooThese cars were super expensive in their day - and it shows these little detailsPerfect wood veneers (a James Young feature - as are the beautifully crafted door handles too) a period 1970's air conditioning unit has been fitted and is in keeping with the normal fasciaThe engine starts on the button, purrs along quietly whilst the chassis and body have no shudder allThe cross ply tyres have a small white band which sets off the very pretty light green metallic (Mistletoe or Pewter) paintwork and the tan leather makes for a perfect colour combinationThe steering wheel is a non period update by MotoLita - having said this, we have grown rather fond of itThe words above are from when we sold her in 2018, to a regular client of ours, again based in France who kept her in his collection of Bentley's and Bugatti'sIn his ownership a new set of Avon radial tyres have been fitted and regular maintenance has been undertaken by known specialists (to the tune of 5.300 in this period) and only a further 1.200 miles have been coveredWe took her for a run down to Gloucestershire this weekend and she simply purrs along with everything works just as she would have in her youthA more than fine example and worthy of detailed examinationShould a new buyer wish to find a period correct 'bakelite' steering wheel in it's place we can accommodate this very easilyTherefore in our humble opinion, all round it would be hard to find a better or more elegant Continental anywhere

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