Lot 232 - 1964 12858 S3 Saloon
|Odometer reading||11,661 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,000|
The last Bentley to be built on a separate chassis, in 1962, saw the introduction of the Bentley S3 factory bodied standard steel saloon and at first glance it would appear that the all new S3 was merely an S2 with different headlamps. The introduction of the twin headlamps was clearly the most obvious change but the differences did not end there. Further changes included the introduction of smaller bumper overriders and the repositioning of the front indicators and side lamps into one single unit on the front wing resulting in an arguably more attractive appearance. The S3's interior now had individual front seats in place of the split bench seat found in the earlier S types; some, like this one, had air conditioning, electric windows and front seat belts. Mechanically speaking the S3 was the same as the S2 with a 6230cc Rolls-Royce V8 engine and automatic gearbox but this model was fitted with larger carburettors, improved power steering to aid smoother movement at parking speed and a Lucas vacuum-advance distributor to aid fuel consumption making it almost identical in mechanical specification to the S3 Continental that was being produced at the same time.
Presented in Light Arctic Blue over Shell Grey, this excellent driving car has travelled just 1,400 miles since its last service in December, 2011. Three previous owners are recorded on the V5 registration document before the vendor, owner for 11 years now. A history file exists dating back to 1994 with much work carried out by respected specialists, Sergeants of Goudhurst. Recent works include a reconditioned gearbox in 2006, a refurbished heater matrix in 2009, brake shoes, cylinders and hydraulic tappets in 2010 and latterly, in 2011, new sills installed. Complete with the original green registration book, an MoT test certificate valid until September 2014 and expired certificates dating back to 1994, this most elegant and advanced of the S-Types suffers slightly from corrosion around the rear wheel arches but, on the whole, is in sound condition throughout and, described by the vendor, an excellent driving car.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.