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Car of the Month - January 2005
Bentley S2 Continental, 1961, #BC37BY
Four-Dour Six-Light Saloon “Flying Spur” by H.J. Mulliner

Bentley S2 Continental

Coachwork was made for Bentley S2 Continental by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, James Young and Hooper. H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward (by then both under wings of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars) were amalgamated in 1961 into one company H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward. Hence the figures given below should be seen against the background that most of the bodies were built, strictly speaking, by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward; the figures are reflecting the 'rate' for the two constituents companies' designs.

H.J. Mulliner    222
Park Ward 125
James Young 40
Hooper 1

Bentley S2 Continental

Included into the overall figure of 222 H.J. Mulliner designed bodies are 122 that were made to the pattern of "Flying Spur". That figure most presumably isn’t entirely correct, though. Minor reasons are that variations of that design were available, e.g. Four Light Saloons (rare) and Six Light Saloons; late cars didn't have the "cathedral type" H.J. Mulliner tail lamps but did sport instead those tail lamps that were to become standard with the Silver Cloud III/S3-series. A major reason for a question mark as regards the figure of 122 "Flying Spur" bodies erected on Bentley S2 Continental chassis however is that such a figure is based on "Chassis Card Details", i.e. factory documents. But these sometimes don't contain correct information, e.g. a car that was ordered as a 4-Door Saloon was listed such on the chassis card - even if the customer in fact at some later stage decided upon a 2-Door Saloon and indeed the car was delivered such.

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Bentley S2 Continental

But there can be no doubt that more than 50% of Bentley S2 Continental with coachwork to H.J. Mulliner's design were made to the pattern of the "Flying Spur". The model is covered, of course, in Martin Bennett's book "Bentley Continental, Corniche and Azure" of which recently a re-vised 2nd edition was published.

Bentley S2 Continental

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