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Lot 433: Bentley S3 Saloon

Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (19 June 2010)

In 1962 Rolls-Royce's new V8 engine appeared in improved form in the Bentley S3 and Silver Cloud III, incorporating larger carburettors, a new distributor and raised compression ratio. Maximum power (traditionally undisclosed, as ever) went up by approximately 7%, which translated into a top speed of 115mph and a 0-60mph time a fraction under 11 seconds. There were many other changes made to the S3/Cloud III, the most obvious being the adoption of a four-headlamp lighting arrangement, the absence of sidelights from the wing tops, and a bonnet that sloped down to a slightly lower radiator shell. The result of these styling revisions was a car generally regarded as the most handsome of all the 'standard steel' types. Inside, the new models featured revised accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. The last mainstream Bentley to employ a separate chassis, the S3 remained in production until superseded by the unitary construction T-Series in late 1965. This particular S3 has been used as a courtesy car for VIP customers of Harrods' Beauty Department. We are advised that the car underwent a complete renovation three years ago with further restoration two years ago. Work carried out has included a re-spray, full mechanical check over, complete interior re-trim, and the installation of satellite navigation and air conditioning. Described as in generally good condition, the car is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number433
Estimate£18000-£23000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£18500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£21275
Year1964
Condition rating0
Registration number769 ACA
Mileage-
Chassis numberB212EC
Engine numberBEC106
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors