Lot 181 - 1963 Bentley S3 Saloon ‘Henry’
|Odometer reading||21,606 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
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.
This handsome Bentley is presented in silver grey over dark green coachwork and is in highly presentable order and complemented by the gleaming chromework. Looking inside, the interior has an inviting feel to it; the grey leather is in extremely good order and lambswool over-rugs cover recently replaced carpeting. The headlining is new and the wood-work is of a very good original finish with the further benefit of the optional electric windows. Used regularly, the car operates smoothly and has been well cared for in recent years. This is backed up by the history file which 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. The green logbook also verifies the change of owner in 1967 and then again in 1973 to a gentleman who was to keep it for the following 35 years, including a full engine re-build. Since the current owner took the helm, a steady process of sympathetic mechanical restoration has taken place including a full brake rebuild, a full transmission rebuild, new tyres with supporting specialist invoices indicating this maintenance for the benefit of the vehicle in the longer term.
Offered with a UK V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until August 2018, this extremely handsome Bentley has a solid history and, with some final cosmetic work to the body, offers entry into high quality Bentley ownership.
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