Electrified 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Claimed To Be Rarest Conversion Yet


Lunaz has unveiled their latest electromod and they’re touting it as the “rarest vehicle ever to be converted to fully electric propulsion.”

The vehicle in question is a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental and is claimed to be “one of only four examples built.”  While Bentley reportedly made a total of 388 S2 Continentals, Lunaz noted the car harkens back to a time when “bodies were still being produced by independent coachbuilders.” This is apparently the source of the car’s rarity as the company said build sheets indicate the original customer commissioned a four-door body from coachbuilder James Young, but apparently decided to go with a coupe at the last minute.

Regardless of the car’s pedigree, which some will argue has now been destroyed, the model has been equipped with an electric powertrain that produces 400 hp (298 kW / 406 PS) and 530 lb-ft (719 Nm) of torque. Lunaz didn’t mention anything about battery capacity or range, but said the coupe can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds.

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 Electrified 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Claimed To Be Rarest Conversion Yet

The upgrades extend beyond the powertrain as the car has been equipped with an adjustable coil spring suspension that features a lever arm damper.  The model also sports a regenerative braking system, which features six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers out back.

The exterior has been “stripped down to a bare metal shell and returned to as-new condition using traditional coachbuilding and restoration techniques,” while the interior has been given an eco-friendly makeover.  In particular, the leather has been tanned using naturally-fallen olive leaves, while the carpeting is constructed from 100% regenerated nylon fiber and features a backing made from recycled plastic bottles.  The wood veneers were also obtained from sustainable sources and are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.


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