For two days in May, the fine art of cloth and cut is intertwined with the equally dashing bespoke creations of the world’s foremost luxury marques as the annual Concours on Savile Row takes up residence in the world-renowned home of British tailoring. But there was a distinctly modern twist to the 2023 celebration of classic car design.
Among the 40-plus vintage thoroughbreds and modern-era one-offs on show, a quiet hum of excitement emanated from one display in particular. A Bentley S2 Continental is always cause for quickened pulses, but the impeccable model that graced the red carpet at the Savile Row event delivered an extra buzz to the occasion.
The 1961 Bentley in question was unveiled by Lunaz – specialists in the electrification and “upcycling” of classic cars – and is one of the rarest motor cars ever to be transformed to all-electric power. In its original specification, the S2 was driven by a 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine. Today, now completely restored and reimagined, it is equipped with Lunaz’s in-house-designed proprietary modular electric powertrain.