Lot 328 - 1963 Bentley S3 Saloon
|Chassis Number||B-512 CN|
|Odometer reading||34,163 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
1962 saw the introduction of the Bentley S3 factory bodied standard steel saloon that became the last Bentley to be built upon a separate chassis. The S3 now came with twin headlamps, smaller bumper over-riders and the re-positioning of the front indicators and side lamps into one single unit on the front wings, resulting in an arguably more attractive look. The interior now boasted individual front seats and optional seat belts, electric windows and air conditioning. Mechanically the S3 was the same as the S2 with its 6230cc Rolls-Royce V8 engine and automatic gearbox, however, the S3 was also fitted with larger carburettors, improved power steering to aid smoother parking and a Lucas vacuum advance distributor to aid fuel consumption - a specification that was identical to the S3 Continental in production at the same time.
This handsome Bentley is presented in silver grey over dark green coachwork and is in highly presentable order and complimented by the gleaming chromework. Looking inside, the interior has an inviting feel to it; the grey leather is in extremely good order and lamb's wool over-rugs cover recently replaced carpeting. The headlining is new and the wood work is of a very good original finish and there is the further benefit of the optional electric windows. Used regularly, the car operates smoothly and has a nicely detailed engine bay; a sign of a well cared for motor car. This is backed up by the history file that also contains interesting early documents such as the period Jack Barclay maintenance record, stamped in the 1960's and their stock list brochure dated 1967, with the car listed for sale. The green log book also verifies the change of owner in 1967 and then again in 1973 to a gentleman who was to keep it for the following thirty five years. Initially registered to the businesses, the car was transferred to the owner's private name in 1984, and the consistency of his signature on the log book supports this. There is an assortment of MOT certificates from the mid 1970's to date and a 1973 tax disc was recently retrieved from under the seat. The car was marketed by renowned specialist dealer Peter Jarvis in 2008 and subsequently sold on to the last owner. Since then, approximately £14,000 has been invested into the Bentley's mechanical condition and much of the supporting specialist invoices indicate this to be preventative maintenance for the benefit of the vehicle in the longer term.
Offered with a UK V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until June 2015, this attractive Bentley has a good history and offers a reasonable entry into fine automobile ownership.
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