With the Rolls Royce takeover of Bentley Motors in 1931, a new breed of car was born to be known as the Silent Sports Car. Thus began a successful tradition of refined yet sporting products culminating in the R Type Continental Fastback of the early 50's
1955 saw the advent of the S Type 4 door, it was an entirely different car from its predecessor being longer and wider with a stronger chassis and four wheel hydraulic brakes but using an uprated engine and four speed automatic transmission. This concept continued on with S2 and S3 models but with the new V8 cylinder engines.
The B Special Drop Head Coupé that we now present follows in the design concept of H J Mulliner who produced a series of these cars becoming known as the adaptation models (i.e. using the standard steel bodied cars adapted to the convertible design)
The design continued until the demise of the S3 models.
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Drophead Coupé – Specification
Chassis: Refurbished Bentley S Type.
Engine: S1; Bentley 4887cc six-cylinder in-line or S2; 6230cc V8 cylinder. Twin SU carburettors. Twin electric fuel pumps. Stainless steel exhaust system.
Transmission: Four speed and reverse automatic.
Steering: S1, Un-assisted or power assisted steering dependant on variant, S2 power assisted steering.
Braking System: Hydraulic front and rear drum brakes, assisted by mechanically driven servo. Single or twin master cylinder dependant of variant.
Bodywork: Steel body shell. Adapted and strengthened to 2 door convertible configuration. Aluminium doors and boot lid. Fully lined double duck hydraulically retractable hood. Stainless steel front and rear bumpers, all other bright work chrome-plated. Interior leather upholstered. High quality close woven carpets. Veneered dashboard and door cappings and picnic tables. Tinted and laminated windscreen and electrically operated side windows.