Bentley S2

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Bentley S2
Bentley S2.JPG
standard saloon
Manufacturer Bentley Motors (1931) Limited, Crewe, Cheshire
Production 1959–1962
2308 produced
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door saloon
4-door saloon
2-door drophead coupe
Related Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
Engine 6.2 L Bentley V8
Wheelbase 3124.2 mm (123 in)
3225.8 mm (127 in)
Predecessor Bentley S1
Successor Bentley S3

The Bentley S2 is a luxury car produced by Bentley from 1959 until 1962. The successor to the S1, it featured the new Rolls-Royce - Bentley L Series V8 engine and improved air conditioning made possible by its increased output. Power steering was also standard, and a new dashboard and steering wheel were introduced. Some early S2s were built with the earlier S1 dashboard.

A high-performance S2-derived Continental edition was also produced.

In all, 1,920 standard and long-wheelbase S2 car chassis were built between 1959 and 1962. Almost all were fitted with standard factory bodywork. A number had coachbuilt bodies by Park Ward, Hooper, H. J. Mulliner & Co., and James Young.


Announced at the beginning of October 1959[1] the S2 replaced the S1's straight-six engine the a new aluminium Rolls-Royce - Bentley L Series V8 shared with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. It displaced 6.2 L (6230 cc/380 in³), and offered significantly improved performance.

As advertised in The Times, Friday, 2 October 1959:[1]

The cylinder block and heads are cast in aluminum alloy and hydraulic tappets operate the overhead valves. The engine has a compression ratio of 8 to 1 and is fitted with twin carburetors with automatic choke.

Other features available include fully automatic transmission, power-assisted steering, electrically operated ride control, redesigned and more flexible air conditioning, electric rear window demisters and press button window lifts.


S2 Continental[edit]

An "S2 Continental" chassis was built with higher performance engines and higher gearing for lighter bodywork.


  • S2 Continental: 388 (bodied by the same group of coachbuilders as the standard S2)



  1. ^ a b Display Advertising The Times, Friday, 2 October 1959; pg. 5; Issue 54581; col D