Bentley 1955

Type R - end of prod. (1952-55 - 2320 ex.)
R Continental - end of prod. (208 ex.)
S 1 - new model
Continental S1 - new model

Great Britain

Nowy model S 1 ma silnik R6 o pojemności 4,8 litra, rozstaw osi zwiększony do 312 cm i długość 538 cm.

Bentley S-Series Saloon introduced in the spring of 1955 feature a 4887-cc (95 x 114 mm) engine with a six-port cylinder head, a new all-metal lightweight body shared with Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and automatic transmission as standard. New front suspension and braking system. Wheelbase is 10 ft 3 in. Power steering and a refrigeration unit are available at extra cost.

When the superlative in car body design is approached, improvements must be difficult to make. However, Bentley Motors, Ltd., are introducing a new Continental, which is to be a special version of the Bentley "S" series saloon with a lightweight all-metal body. The choice of three different body styles will continue to be available: a sports saloon by H. J. Mulliner, and a sports saloon and drop-head Coupé by Park Ward. All the recent modifications are incorporated in the Continental chassis together with detail improvements to suspension and engine, and the fully automatic gear box will be standard equipment on the new models. Engine power has been increased by the addition of two ports to the previous four-port cylinder head, giving improved breathing. At the same time, body weight has been reduced providing a very favourable power-weight ratio. The Park Ward drop-head Coupé (body alone) weighs only 7 ½ cwt. Suspension and general handling characteristics are claimed to be considerably superior to those of the original Continental, so that higher average speeds can be maintained in greater comfort. To cope with higher cruising speeds, the capacity of the brakes has been increased by 15 per cent. Main features of the Bentley's engine are : 6 cylinders of 4,887 c.c., with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves, twin S.U. carburettors, and a compression ratio of 7.25 to 1. Suspension is by independent coil springs (front), and half-elliptic leaf springs at the rear. Hydraulic dampers and an anti-roll bar are fitted front and rear. Total purchase price of the Mulliner saloon is unchanged, but the Park Ward prices are raised by approximately £150 as follows (the prices of the previous Continental models are given in brackets):
Total Price inc. pt: Mulliner saloon £7,028 (£7,028), Park Ward saloon £6,766 (£6.617) Park Ward Coupé £6,766 (£6,617)

(The Autocar, September '55)


Type R


Type R Convertible

Type R Sports Coupé




R Continental


S 1


S 1 Saloon

S 1 Saloon

S 1 Saloon


S 1 Continental


Continental S Convertible by Park Ward

Continental S Sports Saloon Mulliner


S 1 by coachbuilders


Saloon by Freestone & Webb at Earls Court in October.

S 1 by Hooper at Earls Court in October.

Earls Court in October.