Introduced in 1955 along with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, the S-series Bentley carried on with the previous generation's 4,887cc F-head inline six cylinder engine but had a new, lower chassis with 15 inch wheels. During the four years the first S-series -- known today as the S1 -- was in production some 3,100 were built, but only 35 were the long (127 inch) wheelbase variant of this righthand drive 1958 Bentley S1 LWB saloon.
The four added inches of wheelbase were allocated solely to the comfort of the rear compartment's fortunate occupants and they were well employed by Bentley's skilled trimmers and fitters to create one of the most commodious, comfortable and attractive interior environments ever provided in a 100 mph luxury sedan.
This car, chassis ALB21 was ordered new by Colonel William Henry Whitbread, scion of the Whitbread Brewing family, and still proudly wears the registration ALE 3 fitted to the car when new. Whitbread Brewing was founded in 1750 in London and was one of the largest brewing companies in the UK.
It is particularly generously equipped including a division window, intricately veneered burlwood interior woodwork, writing desks, smoker's kit and an accessory console for the rear compartment occupants. The exterior is finished in period correct Sand over Sable. The tan leather interior is original to the car, showing the patina of age, use and consistent care.
Equipment includes the standard 4-speed automatic transmission, fog lights and original radio. The boot has tools, and the car is complete with copies of the original build sheets. This is one of the most rare and desirable variants of the Bentley S1, one of only 35 built and only about two dozen with this version of the standard steel saloon body. Its distinction from most Bentley S1s is immediately evident and it will be a valued participant on Rolls-Royce and Bentley club events.