1960 Bentley Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward

  Number Delivered Original
BC109AR Aug 60 AUS C. Lloyd Jones Ritchie S. AUS

[October 2001]

This car is for sale by auction in Australia with the following description:

"Circa 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."

The car is expected to sell at $AUS 140,000 to $AUS 180,000.

[November 2001]

From Ritchie S. in Australia:

I'm 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).

Of 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).

[March 2003]

The 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:

Only 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."