1962 Bentley Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward

  Number Delivered Original
BC45LCZ Nov 61 USA W.J.

[July 2000]

The car was also offered for sale in a July 2000 Hemmings Motor News ad with the following text:

1962 Bentley Continental S2, BC45LCZ, dark blue (appears black) with tan leather interior, tan top, concours condition in every respect, needs nothing, includes 6-disc CD player in trunk, original manual, none better, Owen, 413-298-5458, MA.

Notes from a phone call at the time to Owen Sheetz indicated his asking price was $100,000.

[September 2000]

In the catalog for the RM Auction of September 23, 2000, this car was offered for sale with the following text and a projected sale price of $70,000 to $90,000:

Of the 388 Bentley S2 Continentals built between 1959 and 1962, just 61 of them were left hand drive Drop head coupes. Compared with the standard S2, coachbuilder Park Ward differentiated Drop head models with a straight-through wing line, hooded headlamps and a radiator grille that was shortened by three inches.

Continentals were consistently faster, quieter and more comfortable than standard production cars. Top speed for the Continental Drop head was around 113 mph, with runs to 30 mph taking about four seconds and jaunts to 60mph taking just over 12 seconds. Refinement of the V8 engine model continued throughout the early 1960s that helped to ensure smooth and reliable performance.

Inside the Bentley, the S2 had a slightly upgraded dashboard, which incorporated face-level air conditioning vents with ducting to both the front and rear passenger foot wells. Compared with the previous model, the S2 Continental was a marked improvement.

The S2 Continental Drop head example presented here was originally built for W.J. Dick. Restored over the past five years to show condition, it features power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seats; the owner reports all of these accessories and options remain in excellent working order. In addition, the owner had a six-disc CD changer carefully installed in the trunk. Finished in tan Connolly leather and Wilton wool carpets, the hood and liner have been renewed. In excellent running order, this car is a competent tourer that is eligible for several driving events and club outings.

It sold at auction on September 29, 2000 for $79,200.