|Manufacturer||Bentley Motors (1931) Limited, Crewe, Cheshire|
|Production||1959–1962 2308 produced|
|Engine||6.2 L Bentley V8|
|Wheelbase||3124.2 mm (123 in) 3225.8 mm (127 in)|
|Related||Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II|
The Bentley S2 (and the high-performance Bentley Continental S2 derived from it) was a luxury car produced by Bentley from 1959 until 1962. The changed designation S2 was to mark the new V8 engine and the improved air conditioning which could now be run from it. Power steering was also standard, and a new dashboard and steering wheel were introduced. Some early S2s were built with the earlier S1 dashboard.
Announced at the beginning of October 1959 as with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the S2 replaced the straight-six engine of the Bentley S1 with a new aluminium V8 engine displacing 6.2 L (6230 cc/380 in³). With this new engine, the S2 offered significantly better performance than the previous cars.
1,920 standard and long-wheelbase car chassis were built between 1959 and 1962. Almost all were fitted with standard factory bodywork. A number had coachbuilt bodies by Park Ward, Hooper, H. J. Mulliner & Co., and James Young.
388 more Continental chassis were built with higher performance engines and higher gearing for lighter bodywork built by the same group of coachbuilder Production
- S2: 1863 (15 with H. J. Mulliner & Co. drophead coupe bodies)
- S2 long wheelbase: 57 (5 with James Young bodies and 1 by Wendler)
- S2 Continental: 388
James Bond 007 Books and Films.
A Bentley Mark II Continental was featured in the novel Thunderball and is Bond's final Bentley. Bond, having purchased the car in a wrecked state, upgrades the engine from a 4.5 L engine to a 4.9 L and has a custom drophead body from Mulliners. The Mark II was also grey; however, the interior was black leather. The Mark II Continental is last seen in the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service where Bond upgrades the vehicles once again with an Arnott supercharger controlled by a magnetic clutch, causing Rolls-Royce, worried about potential damage to the engine, to disown the car. He uses the car in a race with the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo in her Lancia Flaminia Spyder towards the beginning of the book. Bond dubs the car "the locomotive".