Minichamps MIN436139551 1956 Bentley Continental S1 4-Door Sedan - Cream (1:43 Scale)
"There's no replacement for displacement."
- Walter Owen Bentley, founder of the Bentley Motor Company
The Bentley S1 was a luxury car produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1955 through 1959. It marked Bentley's parent, Rolls-Royce, reducing the differences between their Bentley and Rolls-Royce models, with the S1 differing only in its radiator design and badging from the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I.
The models shared the 4.9 L (4887 cc/298 in) straight-6 engine, with this being the last vehicle to use descendants of the engine originally used in the Rolls-Royce Twenty from 1922 to 1929. The bore was 95.25 mm (3.7 in), stroke was 114.3 mm (4.5 in) and compression ratio 6.6:1. Twin SU carburetors were fitted, with upgraded models from 1957. A 4-speed automatic transmission was standard, with a 4-speed manual available as an option until 1957. Two wheelbases were produced: 123 in (3124 mm) and, from 1957, 127 in (3226 mm). A somewhat sportier coach built-only S1 Continental was introduced six months later.
A short wheel base car tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1957 had a top speed of 103 mph (166 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 13.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 16.1 miles per imperial gallon (17.5 L/100 km/13.4 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car, which had the optional power steering, cost Â£3605 including taxes of 1803.
Pictured here is a 1:43 scale 1956 Bentley Continental S1 4-Door Sedan finished in cream. Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Release Date: November 2008