The S2 and its high performance variant, the S2 Continental, is an ultra-exclusive luxury car produced by Bentley at Crewe in Cheshire between 1959 and 1962. This model replaced the S1 and brought with it a new, aluminum-alloy 6.2 liter V8 engine, replacing the straight six. It also boasts fully automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and an improved air conditioning system. Only 388 examples of the S2 Continental were ever built.
The Continental series are famous for their coach-built bodies and higher than average performance assisted by lightweight panels, powerful engines and higher gear ratios. All of the examples produced were built to order and the customer was free to choose the colour and finish desired.
Three types of bodywork were available for the S2 Continental: A drophead coupe, sports saloon, or, in this particular example, the four-door Flying Spur variant. Designed and executed by coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner, there were only 125 examples built in this body style, of which 71 featured right-hand drive.