1958 Bentley S-Type Continental Flying Spur
£235,000 | Location: United Kingdom
One of only 55 RHD examples produced, 'VCR 100' boasts a substantial service and restoration history dating back to 1968 and presents beautifully.
Eulogising about Bentley's new 'S'-series cars, introduced in April 1955, The Autocar wrote, 'the latest Bentley model offers a degree of safety, comfort and performance that is beyond the experience and perhaps even the imagination of the majority of the world's motorists.' Later, in October that same year, the Bentley Continental became available on the 'S' chassis, the model having been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction in R-Type form in 1952.
To the Continental's existing qualities of pace and elegance, the Flying Spur added four-door practicality, a more spacious interior and a generously proportioned boot. Embodying all the splendour of the great pre-war Grandes Routières, the Continental Flying Spur cost £7,994 in 1957 – some 44% more than the S-Series 'standard steel' saloon or more than three times the value of the average UK house. Ownership of what was one of the most expensive and exclusive automobiles of its day was necessarily confined to a handful of wealthy connoisseurs.
Chassis number 'BC8EL' was supplied new to one such, the well-known car collector, James Agg, and registered to his company, Lambretta Concessionaires of London SW20. Delivered via Bentley Motors in Fulham and registered 'VCR 100', the Flying Spur went with James Agg when he moved to Poole in Dorset and remained in his possession until the mid-1970s. Its second keeper was another famous motoring aficionado, Anthony Mayman of Henley-in-Arden, who acquired the Bentley in 1975.
Documents in the large file of history include printed copies of service records from 1968 (at 26,000 miles) to 1989 (at 35,000 miles), when the car was bought by the previous owner for £62,000 - not insignificant in 1989. Since then, the body has been repainted, the brightwork re-chromed, and the interior woodwork re-polished by Auto Trade Restoration of London NW10 at a cost of circa £20,000.
In 1990 the Bentley was despatched to renowned marque specialists P&A Wood with the intention of making it a 'serviceable and reliable car'; circa £15,000 was spent. General maintenance was then entrusted to local specialist Prescote Motor Carriages of Totton, Hampshire, which included a gearbox repair in 1994. McKenzie-Guppy & Sons of Blandford Forum, Dorset looked after the Bentley during the late 1990s, with P&A Wood assuming responsibility again in 2001, while in later years the previous owner used his own in-house engineer for routine maintenance and servicing.
'VCR 100' took part in various Club tours and rallies during the previous owner's 27 years of ownership and has always been extremely well cared for, sitting alongside a number of other Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, and joined our collection in 2016.
A very elegant Flying Spur, presented in a very attractive colour combination, 'VCR 100' retains its original old-style buff logbook, fantastic documentation from 1968, its original Bentley handbook and Smiths radio instructions.