Perfection – Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward

Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward ©RM Sothebys

A stunning 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward will go under the hammer on Friday, January 18th, 2019 ($1,100,000 – $1,400,000).

Tagged as the most desirable of the S1 Continental chassis, the drophead coupe by Park Ward was built from the ground upwards by Park Ward’s master craftsmen.

Hand-crafted in aluminium, its distinguished lines convey an almost perfect ‘toy-like’ perfection that flows like the Orinoco Flow. Rear ‘hips’ and subtle body lines deliver opulence to the extreme, whilst demonstrating levels of dignity only a Bentley can deliver.

Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward ©RM Sothebys

This particular design was only available on 31 left-hand-drive S1 Continental chassis, with remaining classics being sourced at every given opportunity. Indeed these vintage pieces reside primarily in only finest collections of grand touring automobiles.

Delivered in person on the 3rd day of June 1956, to Annandale, the palatial estate of Mary Stevens Baird of Bernardsville, New Jersey, this astonishing car became the transport for Mrs. Baird, who was an heiress to the prominent Stevens family of inventors and entrepreneurs.

Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward ©RM Sothebys

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The description states: “Finished in Tudor Grey over Green, with sealed-beam headlamps, a radio, Windtone horns, U.S.-specification instrumentation, and other typical North American features, such as deletion of the reverse button on the gear lever and a ‘Made in England’ plate. Interestingly, a note was made for ‘owner’s mascot,’ a silver fox, though it has since been supplanted by the classic ‘Flying B.’

Well preserved in Masons Black and a tailor-made top, the Bentley looks almost untouchable in its purist form. Smoked glass sun visors, Dove Grey leather and original tool kit all pay homage to complete and stunning classic with an estimate of $1,100,000 – $1,400,000.

Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward ©RM Sothebys

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