Launched in April 1955 the Bentley SI and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud were virtually identical with the exception of the grille and badging details. Both of these models were recipients of Managing Director Arthur Sedgreaves' new production and manufacturing techniques, which produced the Standard Steel Saloon.
The Standard Steel Saloon fulfilled the company's commercial requirements, but not necessarily those of all its customers. For those preferring something more elegant or more exclusive, England's coachbuilders were still offering bespoke coachwork.
As in true coachbuilding tradition, many design variations were possible on the same theme. Those who could afford such cars were limited only by their imagination, particularly regarding interior furnishings and custom touches. Most of the Bentley S2s were bodied by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward, but James Young of Bromley also decided to produce bespoke coachwork for the S2 Continental.
This four door Continental sporting saloon, often referred to as the "James Young Flying Spur" was very similar in design to the H.J. Mulliner "four light", but the James Young design was smoother and more subtly curvaceous than the Mulliner version. The doors and wings were more rounded in profile with greater "tumblehome" and the boot line curved distinctly downwards in comparison to the more rectangular boot of the Mulliner Flying Spur.
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