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Car of the Month - December 2002
Bentley S2 Continental, 1961, #BC42LBY
James Young 4 Door Sports Saloon

This particularly elegant Bentley S2 Continental was delivered to a client in Switzerland, the company's documents listed this one as having been ordered by Madame Colombo. The car still is registered in the Alpine Republic, now in the custody of a collector in Zurich. All in all 388 Bentley S2 Continental were made of which 40 were bodied by James Young; the 4-door versions though are limited to tiny fraction.


The cars were sent to the coachbuilder as chassis cum engine. However the appearance was slightly different to that shown in the contemporary company photo; indeed firewall and engine compartment side panels were fitted. 

The 4-Door Sports Saloon was a creation of A.F. MacNeil, chief designer of James Young and gifted with the talent to design most attractive coachwork. At a quick glance James Young's Design No. CV100 was almost indistinguishable from the "Flying Spur", H.J. Mulliner's 4-door version mounted on Bentley S2 Continental chassis. However the chrome rear window surround, a continous swageline across the front and rear wings and square push-buttons were characteristic of James Young.

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