Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur by James Young (1958).
Beautiful and rare coachbuilt Bentley in immaculate condition.
This extremely rare Bentley is an S1 Continental, built by James Young of Bromley. In the past, very rich Bentley customers could specify their own prefered body style, based on a Continental chassis. R-type Continentals were always two-door cars, while S-type Continentals like this car were available as 4-door versions as well. These variants were called "Flying Spur", and in no way comparable to the Standard Steel S-series cars.
The three most important approved coachbuilders were Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young. The car we offer for sale is a very rare James Young four-light Flying Spur. Only 9 similar cars are made, and this is one of the prettiest coachbuilt designs ever produced on a Continental chassis. The body is handcrafted and made of aluminium, which reduced kerbweight and made the cars more sporty then their standard cousins. These cars are also much lower then a Standard Steel car, and have often a more powerful engine compared to the factory S1.
This Flying Spur is completely restored between 2005 and 2007. This is all documented in a huge file with lots of pictures and eyewatering invoices. In the same 150-pages file we have an impressive amount of correspondence between James Young, Jack Barclay and the first owner during the build process of the car. This is one car with a documented history from new, which only adds value.
We had the car completely serviced by one of the UK's leading Bentley specialists, with a complete brake overhaul and a total check-over of the car. It is now ready to go anywhere without a single problem. The body colour is called Moorland Green, and it goes very well together with the beautiful full hide interior in Nutmeg. The walnut panels on this car are perfect, and the wool headlining and carpets are immaculate.
This is an absolutely rare and sought-after car, that is almost impossible to find in a similar top condition. This most elegant coachbuilt Bentley is one for the connoisseur, and an extremely sound investment due to its rarity, beauty and condition. The values of the Continentals are increasing all the time, and cars like these are a perfect entry ticket for the most prestigious concours of elegance around the world.