Most high end luxury cars spend their lives parked in the garages of the rich and famous, but a few of these cars have found their way to farms in America’s heartland. This 1960 Bentley S2, which has been named Barn Bentley by its owners, has spent its life driving around the farm and being parked in the barn. The owner has decided it’s time for it to leave the Dayton, Ohio farm and it can be found here on eBay with no reserve.
When it comes to British luxury cars, there are two names that come to mind Rolls Royce and Bentley. When the Great Depression hit, Bentley sales slowed and the company had to be sold off. It was bought by none other than its fiercest competitor, Rolls Royce. Rolls moved Bentley production to their factory in Derby and based Bentleys on variations of their cars, only with lower price points. Bentleys were still expensive, with this S2 costing around $15,000 new. This doesn’t sound expensive by today’s standards, but remember in 1960 you could get a Corvette for less than $4,000.
When the S2 was released in 1959, its greatest improvement over the S1 was the move from a straight six to a V8. This greatly improved performance and allowed for the car to have power steering and air conditioning together, without a significant impact on performance. The seller doesn’t state much information about this car, but they do claim that the car runs and drives. We are concerned about their statement that the brakes, transmission, and exhaust all need “some love”, as repairs can get costly.
The interior needs a “little love” too, but it looks usable as is. The craftsmanship that went into these cars is truly impressive, just the time and energy that went into the wood work alone is amazing. The S2 was very luxurious for its day and was well-appointed with many features. The seller doesn’t state what options this car has, but a good eye should be able to detect most of the options easily.
We would love to learn more about how this right hand drive Bentley made its way to an Ohio farm. The car looks solid, but has some issues. Hopefully all this car needs really is a “little love” as it could be expensive to repair. There were only 1,863 S2 Sedans built and their collectability has gone up, with some going for as much as $60,000. If bidding doesn’t go too crazy for this Barn Bentley, it could be a decent deal for a great luxury car. If we bought it, we would fix the brakes and drive it as is.