This 1961 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Saloon by H.J. Mulliner is one of only 49 left-hand-drive examples built from 1960–1962. The aluminum-bodied example offered here is truly one of the finest expressions of the post-war coachbuilder’s art. Finished in stunning antelope over Masons black with a gorgeous Tan Connolly leather interior surrounded by magnificent Burl Walnut woodwork throughout. This 1961 Bentley S2 Continental was ordered and delivered new to socialite Madame Hélène Beaumont. And while the name might not resonate among collectors of fine automobiles, it is more than possible that it will ring bells with those who collect fine jewelry, for when her collection was auctioned in Geneva in 1994, it was said to rival that of Wallace Simpson, who was a friend of hers!
Hélène Beaumont, was born here in America as Helene Thomas, and began her career as an opera singer in London in 1917. This turned out to be short-lived, for she married Louis Dudley Beaumont not long after that, Mr. Beaumont being one of the founders of the May Company of department stores, after spending years in the south of France she would ultimately sell the Bentley in the 1970s to a US-based collector who would eventually restore it by Marquise specialist was no expense spared, making this among one of the finest examples on the market today. I personally believe investment potential of this limited production handcrafted rolling artwork will grow beyond imagination. Offered to the most sophisticated investor collector or enthusiast who desires a very best.
Nineteen fifty-nine marked an important milestone in the mechanical development of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. The Series I six-cylinder engine had been developed to the fullest extent, and most competitors had long since offered smooth and silent V-8 engines. A new 6,230-cc aluminum V-8 replaced the former six-cylinder powerplant. Incredibly quiet and smooth, it was fitted with hydraulic tappets along with modified braking and lubrication systems, as well as standard automatic transmission and power steering. Bentley’s introduction of the S2 Continental continued the company’s tradition of “The Silent Sports Car,” as it was an automobile in which four adults could travel long distances in great comfort.
Few body styles on this sporting chassis were quite as seductive as coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner’s design no. 7508, a four-door sport saloon with sculpted rear fenders and attractive close-coupled lines. Penned by noted designer George Moseley, the S2 was the forerunner of the modern “four-door coupe” layout that is so popular among today’s luxury car buyers. It was nicknamed the ‘Flying Spur,’ which was a reference to its dashing nature. It truly is an iconic design that is as exciting as it was when it was introduced to buyers back in August 1959.
Ready to make an investment you can enjoy? Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014, and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.
Daniel Schmitt & Co. is located in beautiful and historic St. Louis, Missouri. Our dealership spans 4 acres, boasts 3 luxurious showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department, a world-class restoration facility, and is only minutes away from Lambert International Airport. While we offer our cars for online sale and auction, we do also encourage you to visit our beautiful classic car showroom!
Family owned and operated for over 50 years, we are a classic and luxury car gallery, committed to delivering some of the rarest, highest-quality classic cars, to customers worldwide. Throughout the years, our classic car dealership has built its reputation as one of the most trusted providers of classic cars to enthusiasts, collectors or investors. We offer truly unique and beautiful motorcars for sale.
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