Bentley's contemporary models are renowned for their exceptional level of luxury and a touch of sportiness that appeals to those who prefer a more dynamic driving experience. However, it may surprise some to learn that Bentley's design philosophy in the 1950s was not that dissimilar, albeit with a slightly less sporty edge. The Bentley S1, introduced in 1955, was the pinnacle of their full-size luxury sedan range. We are proud to present a beautifully preserved 1956 Bentley S1 Saloon, boasting a mere 46,802 miles on the odometer. This right-hand-drive exemplar of British opulence was crafted by the esteemed coachbuilder, H.J. Mulliner and Company - a company that has earned legendary status in the industry. This exquisite motorcar is perfectly suited for discerning collectors who appreciate the finer things in life and relish the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious ride from either the front or rear seat.
The maroon paint job with chrome accents beautifully showcases the pressed steel body of the 1956 Bentley S1 Saloon, constructed with stressed skin technology. The lightweight aluminum doors, hood, and trunk further enhance the car's performance capabilities. The front of this automobile exudes authority with two headlamps and two fog lamps in the spotlight, while the front wings feature small parking and indicator lamps. The rear of the vehicle is equally commanding, evoking the image of a sprinter crouched at the starting line. The spacious interior, upholstered in luxurious tan leather, is where the car's true magic is revealed. The dashboard features wood veneer trim, and the steering wheel exudes the elegance and sophistication of a yacht. The Smiths analog gauges for speed, fuel level, and other critical parameters are comprehensive, but there is no tachometer, as it is deemed unnecessary. The rear doors, hinged at the back, allow for effortless entry and exit, befitting the car's aristocratic heritage. Rear picnic tables further enhance the car's luxurious appeal. However, this car does not come equipped with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as it harks back to a time when people conversed face-to-face, rather than through digital screens. Consider this 1956 Bentley S1 Saloon as a luxurious escape from the digital world.
With its stately and graceful appearance, the 1956 Bentley S1 Saloon is powered by a 4.9-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, which propels the car's rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain was impressive for its time, allowing the vehicle to achieve a top speed exceeding 100mph when it was first introduced in the 1950s.
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