1957 Bentley S1 James Young Two Door Saloon Coupe B120EG (1959)




Chassis Nr B120EG      
A very stylish car, one of just three built to this design (James Young B20SR), and very elegantly proportioned, with delightful, flowing lines, particularly at the rear, incorporating subtle fins on the rear wings, 'wrap-around' rear window, Cibie Headlights, as well as a pair of built in Lucas spotlights and another accessory pair. The car is all correct, tastefully finished in deep red, which we feel suits the car well. Exhibited when new at the Geneva Motor Show, and first registered in the UK early in 1958. Good mechanically, running nicely and driving well. The coachwork and cosmetics would benefit from some improvements, but the car is perfectly useable as it is, being offered serviced, fitted with new tyres and newly MoT tested. A two door S Type for dramatically less than a Continental equivalent, and in many ways no less desirable! Last, but by no means least, is the fact that the car has power steering, making it a very practical proposition for frequent use, as well as high days and holidays. We have successfully re-claimed the original registration number, VGU 212 and the previous registration Nr ARL 50 is available for sale.

Chassis No.  B120EG                  Reg. No. VGU 212                    
Snippets: Miss Burton of Byworth & Alfred Larman of Langford
After the Geneva Motor Show B120EG was bought by Miss Frances Marchington Burton of Trofts, Byworth.  Miss Frances was a granddaughter of Joseph Burton who in 1858 opened his first shop “Joseph Burton & Sons” (with accommodation above) in St. Anne’s Rd, Nottingham; by 1894 the family had moved to a mansion complete with a lodge, carriage house & live-in staff!  In 1900 the company a Limited enterprise with Joseph as Chairman & his 3 sons as directors.  By the time of Joseph’s death in 1916 the firm had expanded and their portfolio included 40 shops, a cafe, bakeries, a fleet of delivery vehicles plus cold storage depot! The family firm was carried on by Frank & his brothers and Frank, like his father, became a JP and High Sheriff of Nottingham (he also played for England in 1980!).  Frances never married and after her death in 1977 the contents of Trofts was auctioned by Dreweatt, Watson & Barton, realising over £150,000.  During her lifetime Miss Frances had accumulated a collection of fine items including a black oval box given by Lord Nelson to Captain Berry after of the Battle of Abonkir Bay, artwork by Munnings (The Whip), Meissen china & Regency furniture.  Dreweatts have kindly provided a copy of the article detailing the individual items - fascinating reading.  In 1973 Frank Dale & Stepsons advertised B120EG for £10,500 & it was sold to Alfred Ronald Larman of Langford.  He had his personal registration number ARL50 put on the car as he was 50 when the car was registered in 1958!  Alfred “Ron” Larman was the son of Alfred “Alf” Larman of Bleak Hall Farm, who in 1926 formed the family haulage concern which was mainly involved in transporting vegetables and food commodities including their own chickens, eggs, hay, straw and farm produce.  It would appear from the Biggleswade archives that it was very much a family concern with Alfred Jr, his sister Gertrude & brother Frederick working alongside their father.  A resident of Biggleswade can remember Alfred, or Ron as he was known, as having a large garage with several old cars in it – including a Bentley!  
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  • Year: 1959
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Automatic
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red

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