Lot 251 - 1964 Bentley S3 'Chinese-eye' Saloon

Lot 251 - 1964 Bentley S3 'Chinese-eye' Saloon

Lot 251 - 1964 Bentley S3 'Chinese-eye' Saloon

Lot Number 251
Registration PMB262B
Chassis Number BC148XC
Engine Number 74CBC
Odometer reading 70,003 miles
Estimate £95,000 - £110,000
Result Sold - £97,440

Bentley's magnificent Continental sports saloon has been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction on the R-Type chassis in 1952. With the arrival of the final (S-Series) generation of six-cylinder cars in 1955, the Continental lost a little of its individuality but none of its exclusivity and this trend continued after the arrival of the V8-engined S2 in 1959. Eulogising about Bentley's newly introduced 'S' Series cars, The Autocar had written, 'the latest Bentley model offers a degree of safety, comfort and performance that is beyond the experience and perhaps even the imagination of the majority of the world's motorists.' Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their Silver Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though their performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. Power-assisted steering was now standard and there was no longer the option of a manual gearbox, Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic transmission being the sole offering. The Bentley Continental was, exclusively a coachbuilt car, the firms of H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young all offering bodies on the Continental S2 chassis. By far the most striking of the S2 Continentals were those bodied by Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward and this design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, would continue on the Continental S3. Quad headlamps were the S3's major styling innovation and on the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied Continental were contained in slanting nacelles giving rise to this model's 'Chinese Eye' sobriquet.

Recently restored, this Bentley S3 is in delightful condition. The deep rich racing green coachwork is a colour synonymous with the marque and the olive leather interior is unmarked. The highly figured walnut dashboard is almost a work of art with a fantastic collection of dials, switches and knobs, the ergonomics of the cabin space of this Bentley really is something special. The quality of this 'Chinese eye' Bentley has to be seen to be appreciated and viewing is highly recommended. Supplied with a V5 registration document, a current MoT test certificate and a history file.  

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.

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