Bentley S1 Empress Saloon by Hooper 1959 Design Interior Exterior – The top-level extravagance auto has developed along various lines than different autos. The mechanical production system upset standard auto making, and made the vehicles reasonable for a large number of individuals. There were clearly special cases, however this was the standard for quite a while. Things changed after the Depression and WWII. A ton of extravagance automakers didn’t endure these disturbing times, and those that did abruptly ended up in a more worldwide business sector. Extravagance automakers would change to standard bodies to stay aware of the expanded request and to streamline logistics for outside clients. The last Bentley that could be requested without a standard body was this one, the S1.
The Bentley S1 appeared in 1955 and was the main totally new model for the organization since WWII. Bentley had been building autos with “Standard Steel” bodies subsequent to the Mark VI the model that was construct promptly taking after WWII. These had been a major hit for the organization, rapidly beating coachbuilt renditions by an enormous edge. This was clearly the eventual fate of extravagance autos when Bentley was divulging the S1, yet the auto was still composed with a different suspension and body, so a little rate could get custom bodies.
This is great, on the grounds that the S1 originates from a period when Bentley was possessed by Rolls-Royce, and Bentleys were basically just rebadged Rolls models. The S1 was the same auto as the Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, with the main contrasts being the grille and the identifications. In this way, those purchasing a standard S1 weren’t simply getting an auto that resembled each other S1, it likewise resembled each other Silver Cloud.
This S1 has coachwork by Hooper, and dissimilar to the standard autos, the bodywork is made totally of aluminum. There are various different contrasts between this body, known as the “Sovereign” body, and the standard auto. The boat bumpers found on this auto are one of the more clear contrasts, and also the indented back wheel skirts. The back suicide entryways additionally aren’t something you’d see on a standard S1.
It has a touch of a workmanship deco look to it, which would have been antiquated when this auto was inherent 1959, however at the time, popularity was significantly more essential for things like games autos than for extravagance autos. This is additionally a long-wheelbase variant of the S1 — one of just 35 case of the arrangement. Of those 35, just 12 had coachbuilt bodies, and of those 12, only two were left-hand-drive. That implies you won’t see numerous different S1s that appear as though this one.
The craftsmanship deco look is rehashed on the inside, especially in the fiery debris and maple decorated dash, which is both unique and completely radiant. This was really standard on the S1, and not interesting to the Hooper autos, but rather it is still unquestionably worth specifying. Truth be told, there wasn’t much about the standard inside that the principal proprietor of this S1 needed changed.
The standard S1 in those days just had aerating and cooling vents and controls in the secondary lounge, as that was were most proprietors were relied upon to sit. Gus needed the choice to drive the auto himself, be that as it may, so he had a custom front seat aeration and cooling system introduced notwithstanding the one in the secondary lounge. He likewise had the driver’s seat brought down a bit with the goal that he could drive while wearing his cowpoke cap, since Oklahoma. These unique touches are still in the auto, yet the seats have been recouped in Connolly calfskin.
Bentley S1 Empress Saloon by Hooper 1959 Design Interior Exterior