Lot 217 - 1963 Bentley S3
|Estimate||£20,000 - £26,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
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 a 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.
This lefthand drive Bentley S3 Standard Steel Saloon was supplied new to the USA in 1963 and was imported to the UK in 2010 by the previous American lady owner who lived in central London. It was repainted in the last ten years in the US where it also had air conditioning fitted, the dynamo replaced by an alternator, new radial tyres and a Kenwood CD multichanger. Finished in black over dark blue with light tan interior and electric windows, this S3 has been in storage since 2012 but has recently been started and checked. This Bentley S3 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate, a set of the chassis cards from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club, wheel changing tools and a hand tool kit from a RR Silver Shadow. Here is a fantastic opportunity to buy one of the best, rare lefthand drive, post war, factory built Bentleys that can be used as a continental cruiser or as an 'everyday motor car'.
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