Launched in April 1955 the Bentley SI and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud were virtually identical with the exception of the grille and badging details. Both of these models were recipients of Managing Director Arthur Sedgreaves' new production and manufacturing techniques, which produced the Standard Steel Saloon.
The Standard Steel Saloon fulfilled the company's commercial requirements, but not necessarily those of all its customers. For those preferring something more elegant or more exclusive, England's coachbuilders were still offering bespoke coachwork.
As in true coachbuilding tradition, many design variations were possible on the same theme. Those who could afford such cars were limited only by their imagination, particularly regarding interior furnishings and custom touches.
The Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Coupe, chassis #BC16LAF, in this gallery is 1 of only 39 Built. It is one of the very early S1 Continentals built, and was ordered by the famous movie producer Jack Warner of Hollywood.
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