Price: US $5,000.00 Item location: Chino Hills, California, United States
  • Make: Bentley
  • Model: Other
  • Type: Sedan / Saloon
  • Trim: none
  • Year: 1956
  • Mileage: 99,999
  • VIN: B197BC
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: none
  • Drive type: none
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1956 Bentley Other

I am selling my 1956 Bentley S1 with a low reserve. Clear California pink slip. I purchased this Bentley in 1980 and drove it around for several years.

I have owned several other S1s and different Bentleys and Rolls-Royces over the years but this was my first PMC (Proper Motor Car). In the late 90s I decided to restore it completely with a ground up restoration. I removed the drivetrain and sent the frame and body to a friend's shop in Oxnard. The Oxnard shop was instructed to repair rust issues around the rocker panels and fenders paint the frame re-fit the body and paint the body. I was in no hurry for the work to be finished because I had plenty of other cars little space and many things happening in my life family and career. It is a long story but the Oxnard shop owner's son-in-law who took over the business finally returned the Bentley in 2015. Most of the rust repairs have been finished but not all. The frame was painted. The body was also painted but very very poorly. It needs to be completely redone. There was hardly any attention paid to panel fit so the front fenders as well as the four doors need to be properly fitted. The body is not sitting correctly on the frame and needs to be properly attached. I have installed the fenders and hood so you can see what the car is supposed to look like. I plan on removing the fenders and hood so the new owner can transport the Bentley.

NOT INCLUDED IN SALE: motor transmission brakes interior bumpers radiator hubcaps shell trim electrical wiring chrome pieces etc.

INCLUDED: everything you see in pictures plus steering linkage steering gears steering column and steering wheel. Note: This is a right hand drive vehicle. Also included are the front and rear windshields side window glass for each door as well as manual window regulators inside and outside door handles.

The rolling shell Bentley is located at my old home in Chino Hills California 91709. I need to move it out of Chino Hills on or before Sunday July 5th because my escrow closes on Monday July 6th and I must vacate. I still have the motor transmission interior etc. and I plan on using these as spares for my other S1 unless someone makes me a reasonable offer. I don't really have a place to store the Bentley S1 at my new home in Central California and I don't need more projects but I will be forced to move it to my new home if it doesn't sell. I'm listing this Bentley on June 20th.

This Bentley is also listed locally for sale. Therefore I reserve the right to terminate the eBay listing at any time.

The rolling shell is a great start for a custom rat rod or hot rod with a monster engine. Another route is to drop in modern components and engine in order to make it a limousine. Or chop the top and make it look like a million dollar convertible.

I have tried in good faith to describe this Bentley S1 as much as possible but I may have missed something or made a mistake. Accordingly please understand that this vehicle is being sold “AS IS” “WHERE IS” without any guarantees or warranties express written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description authenticity genuineness or defects herein. No allowance set off or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness imperfection defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

Mileage indicated at 99999 simply because the total mileage is unknown. This car is being presented as a project with everything in need of attention or repair. Items only directly related to this vehicle shown in the pictures are included; none of the background items in photos are included in this auction.

Buyer is responsible for shipping costs and all arrangements. I will attempt to work with your shipping company but you are ultimately responsible for coordinating anything relating to shipping loading or preparation for shipping. The Bentley S1 can be viewed by appointment in Chino Hills California 91709 (about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles). I highly recommend and encourage a personal inspection of the vehicle if possible.

A $500 deposit via Paypal is required within 24 hours after the close of auction. The balance is due in cash upon delivery. You must pick up the Bentley no later than Sunday July 5th or the sale will be voided.

General History of the Bentley S:

Bentley S was a luxury car produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1955 until 1959. Bentley (and Rolls-Royce)'s first true complete redesign of their standard production car after World War II and their last standard production car with an independent chassis. These cars were given a new V8 engine in late 1959 and those cars are identified as S2. Twin headlamps and a facelift to the front arrived in late 1962 and those cars are known as S3. This shape remained in production with those modifications until late 1965 when it was replaced with the completely new chassis-less monocoque T series. It was announced at the end of April 1955 and it was noted that the existing Continental model would continue. The new standard steel saloon replaced the R type standard steel saloon which had been in production with modifications since 1946. It was a more generously-sized five or six seater saloon with the body manufactured in pressed steel with stressed skin construction. Doors bonnet and luggage locker lid were of aluminum. Having a totally new external appearance although with the traditional radiator grille the main differences from the R type were: three inches longer wheelbase lower build without reducing headroom and with an enlarged luggage boot softer suspension with electrically operated control of rear dampers lighter steering and improved braking engine capacity increased to 4887cc the same size as used in the Bentley Continental four speed automatic gearbox was standard with ability to select individual ratios if desired. As with the preceding Mark VI and R type Bentleys there was almost no difference between standard Bentley and Rolls-Royce models; this Bentley S differing only in its radiator grille shape and badging from the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I. The models shared the 4.9 L (4887 cc/298 in³) straight-6 engine. They were the last vehicles to be powered by descendants of the engine originally used in the Rolls-Royce Twenty from 1922 to 1929. The bore was 95.25 mm (3.7 in) stroke was 114.3 mm (4.5 in) and compression ratio 6.6:1. Twin SU carburetors were fitted with upgraded models from 1957. A 4-speed automatic transmission was standard with a 4-speed manual available as an option until 1957. A standard wheelbase car tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1957 had a top speed of 103 mph (166 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 13.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 16.1 miles per imperial gallon (17.5 L/100 km; 13.4 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car which had the optional power steering cost £6305 including taxes of £1803. Production of standard specification cars S: 3072 (145 with coachbuilt bodies) S long wheelbase: 35 (12 with coachbuilt bodies) Specifications. Bodywork. Length/width/height/wheelbase – cm (in) : 539/190/163/312 (212/74.8/64.2/123); weight : 1725 kg (3807 lb). Mechanics. Inline 6 engine 4887 cc (298 ci) front mounted 12 valves 2 SU HD6 carburetors automatic 4 speed gearbox rear-wheel drive. Unknown power and torque.

On Jun-22-15 at 23:41:47 PDT seller added the following information:

June 22 2015 Note: Several people have inquired about the price for the entire Bentley S1: motor trans brakes interior bumpers etc. If you wish to discuss purchasing the entire vehicle including all the parts available or if you have other questions about the Bentley please call me (Steve) at (310) 962-7309