Spotted: 1956 Bentley S-Type (S1)
Photographed in August 2018 at Gosford Classic Cars, NSW, Australia
These beautiful S1 Bentleys were built from 1955 until 1955, and were derived from a new design from Rolls-Royce, the Silver Cloud.
They were last Bentley (and Rolls-Royce) with an independant Chassis, as all subsequent models moved to a unitary one-piece construction.
INitially engine capacity was 4887cc in an in-line 6 cylinder configuration, but the later S2 model was given the Rolls-Royce V8. The 6-CYlinder was descended from an engine first used in the 20HP models back in 1922!
They had a top speed of 103 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 13.1 seconds.
Fuel consumption was 16.1 mpg, and the S1 cost £6305 including taxes of £1803.
3072 S1's were built, and a further 145 rolling chassis which were fitted with coachbuilt bodies.