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Conceived as replacements for the ageing Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type, the all-new Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were introduced early in 1955. The duo sported sleeker bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis incorporating improved brakes and suspension, the latter featuring electrically controlled damping. Enlargement to 4,887cc and the adoption of a six-port cylinder head boosted the traditionally undisclosed power output of the dependable inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine, which for the first time was identical in specification in its Rolls and Bentley forms. A sophisticated, four-speed, automatic transmission was now standard equipment, with manual transmission a Bentley-only option up to 1957. Fast - 100mph-plus - relatively economical and cheaper to maintain than the succeeding V8-engined versions, the classically elegant S1 is arguably the most user-friendly of all post-war Bentleys. This delightful S1 was delivered to the merchant bank Singer & Friedlander on the 29th January 1958 by the supplying dealer Orford & Son of London. As detailed in the copy build sheets the car was finished in Sable over Sand with a beige interior, an absolutely classic colour combination which still looks stylish today. After a period in the United States, the largest market for Bentley saloons at the time with even right-hand drive examples finding willing buyers, the car returned to British shores on the 14th May 2008 after spending some time in Ireland. Our vendor purchased the car from a fellow Bentley Driver's Club member on the 16th September 2014 after an extensive search for the best example he could find and added it to his stable of other classics. This stately S1 has enjoyed regular use and maintenance, frequently used for trips to the Goodwood Revival in Sussex from our vendor's home in Lincolnshire, and this year undertook a grand tour of Scotland. The odometer shows some 24,000 miles, a figure which given this car's many years abroad we are unable to warrant, however, the MOT records show some 5,500 gentle miles have been enjoyed over the last two years. The car has recently been fitted with five new radial tyres, a full stainless-steel exhaust system, electronic ignition and, prior to this year's Goodwood Revival, it had an oil change, new oil filter, and the brakes adjusted. To quote our vendor "XUH does not smoke and uses very little oil, and when compared to my Jaguars, it does not use any." The chrome is generally in good order and the radiator grille has recently been re-chromed by Castle Chrome. The interior is classic fifties' Bentley, with lightly patinated veneers and a new set of cosy 'Easirider' lambskin rugs lavishly grace the footwells. Although exempt, the car will be presented to auction with a fresh MOT and looking its best. These beautifully profiled saloons were an absolute statement in period and today, with looks that are both timeless and contemporary, can still turn a few heads.
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