car was for sale in January 2002 by Pennsylvania Motor Sports with
the following text:
BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL Drophead Coupe. Coachwork by H. J. Mulliner.
Chassis No. BC78LCZ. $62,900.
S2 Continentals are landmarks in Bentley history. Powered by the
new 6,230cc V8 engine, they are the last Bentleys to be readily
available with custom coachwork. Following the S2 the Bentley marque
slipped into eclipse, not to be resuscitated until the Mulsanne
Turbo restored the marque's reputation for sporting performance.
Out of 1,865 S2s, only some fifteen drophead coupés were built by
Mulliner in a more streamlined style that would subsequently replace
the erect drophead conversions based on the standard steel saloon
body on the Bentley S3 and Cloud III Rolls-Royce.
early S2 Continental Drophead Coupés by Mulliner featured single
7" headlamps, avoiding the "Chinese Eye" look of later dropheads,
and are sleek, stylish and luxuriously appointed. Notably, they
are a complete rebody, sharing no exterior panels with the standard
steel body and are constructed in the finest tradition of British
early S2s and their Rolls-Royce Cloud II siblings experienced some
problems with their new V8 engines, these were quickly recognized
and resolved. By mid-1961 problems were non-existent.
Motor Sport's 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupé is one
of these very purposeful and elegant late S2s with the early second-generation
drophead coupé coachwork. Its purposeful style is appropriately
set off by driving lights that enhance its serious mien. Presented
in triple Black, with a good original interior, its interior wood
trim is lustrous. It has factory air conditioning and a period AM
radio. Largely original, with a good older repaint, the doors fit
well and it runs and drives like a Bentley should. A most distinctive
and elegant automobile, it is ideally suited with its large V8 and
tall (3.08:1) rear axle gearing to long distance driving as well
as leisurely driving around town. Driving a Bentley can be a life-altering
experience. Their style and elegance is infectious, and few if any
Bentleys better convey this impression than the early second-generation
Drophead Coupés on the S2 chassis like this.
from Phil Brooks
President of the Rolls Royce Foundation
is a black drophead with tan (?) interior. It was in fairly good
condition. It was surplus to the collection, as we had three such
cars at the time, so we sold it about a month ago. I don't know
who the purchaser was, as it was sold through a Philadelphia dealer
for us, but I would suspect that the purchaser is in California.
It's a nice car.
The car is offered for sale by Heritage Classics in LA with the
1962 BENTLEY SII CONTINENTAL DROPHEAD COUPE by PARK WARD, BLACK
WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, NICE ORIGINAL CAR, FACTORY AIR CONDITIONING,
RUNS & DRIVES SUPERBLY. (POA)