|1962 Bentley S2 Park Ward Continental Drophead Coupe|
|Year built / delivered||March 1962|
|Registration Number||93 CGT|
|Engine Spec.||6.2L Bentley L410 V8 (380 ci)|
|Transmission||4 Speed Automatic|
|Steering Configuration||Right Hand Drive (RHD)|
Bentley S2 History
The Bentley S2 was produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1959 to 1962. A Continental variant was also offered in a limited coachbuilt series. Only 388 of the lighter bodied S2 Continentals were hand built by four coachbuilders: H.J. Mulliner (221), Park Ward (125), James Young (41), and Hooper (1).
The sportier coachbuilt S2 Continental had a 'cult car' status. The sportiness came from a lower radiator profile, a higher compression engine, and improved brakes.
Park Ward engaged Vilhelm Koren of Norway to design their version of the S2. The drophead coupe design incoporated headlights that were positioned further ourtward an a straight sheer/fender line.
Of the 125 Park Ward drophead coupes built, only 62 were right hand drive.
The Vehicle For Sale
This 1962 Bentley S2 Park Ward Continental Drophead Coupe for sale is located in California, USA. On page 227 of the book Bentley, The Cars from Crewe, this car is shown to have been first delivered to G.M. Sinclair Noble. Receipts with the vehilce dated in 1987 suggest that the car was by then owned by Curt Agee.
Those receipts also that this drophead coupe was being garaged in hot and dry southern California by 1987. Further, family photos showing the Bentley suggest that it was in California earler, by at least May 1985. This car has therefore enjoyed that state's dry climate for at least 38 years since 1985 or earlier.
Curt Agee's family photos from May 1985 show a front door removed and seats removed. These photos suggest that Curt Agee had commenced the restoration by May 1985. As the car is still incomplete, it appears that Curt Agee never completed the restoration that he had started in 1985. He passed away in 2022 and his widow sold the car to a dealer in September 2022.
It is highly probable that this Bentley S2 Park Ward Convertible has only had two owners prior to being sold to the dealer in September 2022. It is also highly likely that this car was only on the road for 23 years before taken off the road in 1985 for Curt's restoration. In these circumstances, it is reasonable to consider the vehicle a virtual 'barn-find'.
Within the photo galleries provided below is a photo of the odometer showing 54,765 miles 'on the clock'. It is not posible to say how many times 'around the clock' the Bentley has travelled. Considering its luxury 'cult car' status, and being off the road for 38 years, it seems reasonable to believe this to be a very low mileage vehicle.
The California dealer that presently owns this Bentley specialises in rare and special motor vehicles. They approached us because we are the largest and oldest car restoration business in Australia, and because the Bentley needs to be restored and assembled. It is also a rare right-hand drive Bentley S2 and therefore of more appeal to Finch's clienetele in Australia.
The California dealer advises that restoration work carried out in the USA includes:
- Complete chassis rebuild.
- Engine rebuild
- Body work (door gaps are excellent)
- New leather interior
- New Top
- Original chrome, most in very good condition
- New stainless steel exhaust
This is a very well-preserved 'matching numbers' Bentley S2 Park Ward Continental Drophead Coupe (Convertible).
As the vehicle is located at the dealer's premises in California, Finch and the dealer are willing to assist with transportation and import activities and documentation. Of course, we at Finch are keen to complete the restoration and reassembly of this rare Park Ward hand built Bentley, started by Curt Agee in 1985, and bring it to fruition with the high quality craftsmanship it deserves.
Should you wish to make an offer on the vehicle and discuss restoration, please do not hesitate to call or email.
A sale price will be discussed upon application.
Costs of restoration to the future owner's brief will be discussed upon the vehicle's arrival in Australia.