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Lot 194: Bentley SIII Mulliner

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The S3, the ultimate expression of the S-Type series, remains among the most desirable of post-war Bentley models. A number of major changes denoted the S3; the 6250cc V8 engine, new for the S2 of 1959 was uprated and refined, with better top-end lubrication, larger S.U. carburettors, and finally a higher compression ratio, yielding an extra 15 bhp. Externally the new model was readily recognisable by the fashionable twin headlamps; internally there were now separate seats for the driver and the front passenger, doing away with the old bench seat of the S1 and S2, and back seat travellers had an extra two inches of leg room.

Perhaps the most desirable coach built S3s and Silver Cloud IIIs were the 'Mulliner Adaptation', the factory-supplied convertible; these cars began life as saloons taken straight from the Standard Steel production line and were then passed to RR's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner of Chiswick, who painstakingly modified the coachwork and made them into convertibles.

They were very expensive to produce, however, probably only about half a dozen in the case of the S3, so that by the 1980s and 1990s as these cars started to become more valuable, a handful of small exclusive companies started to reproduce what this famous coachbuilder had done in the late 50's and early 60's.

We are pleased to offer a magnificent adaptation executed by Stephen Pilkington, one of the most successful of these, which was professionally converted some years ago. Finished in Silver with a grey hide interior and contrasting blue carpets, we are informed by the owner that ORH 10 is offered in good condition in every significant aspect.

Supplied with its original and desirable registration number 'ORH 10', current MoT certificate valid until May next year and V5 document this fine motor car is offered at a very reasonable reserve.

This is a handsome example of a very collectable Bentley, which will continue to provide regal motoring and, certainly at its estimated value, represents a very uncommon buying opportunity.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number194
Estimate£40000-£50000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£46600
Year1965
Condition rating0
Registration numberORH 10
Mileage-
Chassis numberB354 HN
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2