Lot 182 - 1965 Bentley S3 Standard Steel Saloon
|Odometer reading||533,238 miles|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £35,000|
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 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 and some had air conditioning, electric windows and front seat belts fitted. 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 Bentley S3 Standard Steel Saloon appears to have had only four owners from new, three individual people and one family who passed the car around themselves seven times starting in 1981 passing the car to a dealer (who is also listed as a registered keeper) in 2006. It has only covered 10,000 miles since 1992; an MoT test certificate records the mileage of 43,779 miles with the current mileage of 53,240 verified by the old certificates, the vendor believes this mileage is correct due to the condition of the underneath of the car. Over the last twelve months it has been fitted with a new starter motor, electronic ignition, radial tyres and, very recently, a 12,000-mile service was carried out by the vendor. Finished in maroon with black leather interior, this has been the subject to a cosmetic restoration sometime in the past. The Bentley is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2018 and a file containing copies of old registration documents, old MoT test certificates going back to 1992 and a few other items relating to the car. Here is a fantastic opportunity to buy one of the best, post war, factory built Bentleys that can be used as a continental cruiser or as an 'everyday motor 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.