car is for sale by auction in Australia with the following description:
1963 Bentley Continental SII Convertible by Park Ward Reg No.: AKI
59N (Expires 31/7/02) Chassis No.: BC109AR Engine No.: A108BC The
Bentley Continental range began in 1952 with a superb 2 door fast-back
styled version of the R-type standard steel saloon. Continental
versions of later models aimed at higher performance and exclusivity."
car is expected to sell at $AUS 140,000 to $AUS 180,000.
Ritchie S. in Australia:
writing to say thank you for introducing me to the new love of my
life -- the S2 Bentley. I purchased it today and it was the thoroughness
and the passion of your site that clinched it for me. I'm so impressed
by the wealth of info you've been generous enough to supply and....well
I just couldn't help myself. I've purchased the car which (to my
amazement) was listed as one of those for sale on your 'Roster'
section i.e. The Highlander Green owned by John Laws and before
him Sir Charles Lloyd Jones (quite an illustrious two owner provenance
for this part of the world).
course you haven't seen the car but it's in lovely order while not
being perfect (completing the finishing touches as you know, is
half the fun).
car is back on the auction circuit, having been posted for sale
by Shannons on March 10. It did not sell at the expected AU$130,000
to AU$150,000. The following text appeared:
124 coachbuilt Drophead S2 Bentleys were built by the long-established
coachbuilders Park Ward. The standards of trim, seating and decoration
were the highest possible, and they were exceedingly carefully built.
An S-Type Continental could be a fast car but it was more usual
to see them used as smooth and dignified transport around town as
well as on the open road.
Originally owned by Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and then by broadcaster
John Laws, the Continental carries the Jones' family coat of arms
on the steering boss. The nickel-plated British bulldog and extra
'Flying B' on the outside mirrors are the other Jones' additions.
Usage had been limited when the third and present owner purchased
the Drophead Coupe. He had it thoroughly serviced by the Paradise
Garage (Roseberry, NSW) whose chief mechanic had driven it when
young. Everything works - the electrically-operated hood, original
valve radio, aerial button, glove box and door key locks and dashboard
lights. Two temperature switches either side of the engine can be
easily set to winter or summer. This exclusive and original Bentley
is sold registered with operation manual, original sales brochure,
servicing record, a relevant Bentley reference book and Roadworthy
Certificate supplied by the vendor."