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Bentley S 3 Continental (1962)

Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe convertible

EUR 475,000JPY 56,662,750BGN 929,005CZK 12,787,475DKK 3,540,745GBP 427,918HUF 165,646,750PLN 2,113,512RON 2,303,418SEK 4,981,325CHF 509,200ISK 71,630,000NOK 5,124,300HRK 3,603,825RUB 37,259,760TRY 3,614,798AUD 792,348BRL 2,833,565CAD 725,800CNY 3,774,160HKD 4,101,482IDR 7,728,107,500ILS 1,855,588INR 39,948,688KRW 653,699,750MXN 11,670,750MYR 2,299,665NZD 848,492PHP 26,709,725SGD 746,320THB 16,826,400ZAR 9,226,352

Offered for: EUR 475,000

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  • Classics Gallery
  • Belgium Belgium
  • Contact:
    Michel Kruch

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Request for Bentley S 3 Continental (1962) | Vehicle-ID: 187911

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  • Vehicle data
  • Description
  • Condition
  • Make Bentley
  • Model S 3
  • Model name S 3 Continental
  • Series Drophead Coupé
  • Year of manufacture 1962
  • Chassis number BC8LXA
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category Restored
  • Mileage 60,000 mls
  • Previous owners 3
  • First registration 01/1962
  • Engine number n.a.
  • Matching numbers n.a.

Technical details

  • Body style Convertible
  • Power (kw/hp) 147/200
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 6,230
  • Cylinders 8
  • Doors 3
  • Steering Left (LHD)
  • Transmission Automatic
  • Gears n.a.
  • Drive Rear
  • Front Brake n.a.
  • Rear Brake n.a.
  • Fuel Petrol

Individual configuration

  • Exterior colour Green
  • Manufacturer colour name Green
  • Sunroof No
  • Folding roof No
  • Power Assisted Steering No
  • Central locking No
  • Electric windows Yes
  • Interior colour Brown
  • Interior material Leather
  • Electric heated seats No
  • Air conditioning No
  • ABS No
  • Airbag No
  • Cruise control No

First owned by Eddie Fisher

1962 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupé

Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd

  • Only of only 26 left-hand drive S3 drophead coupés
  • Delivered new in the USA
  • Brought back to Europe in 2009 and restored in the UK
  • Registered in Belgium

Bentley’s magnificent Continental sports saloon has been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction on the R-Type chassis in 1952. With the arrival of the final (S-Type) generation of six-cylinder cars in 1955, the Continental lost a little of its individuality but none of its exclusivity, and this trend continued after the arrival of the V8-engined S2 in 1959. Although the S2 appeared externally unchanged, its performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc V8 engine. Power-assisted steering was now standard and there was no longer the option of a manual gearbox, Rolls-Royce’s own four-speed automatic being the sole offering. 

The Bentley Continental was, of course, exclusively a coachbuilt automobile. The firms of H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young all offered bodies on the Continental S2 chassis. By far the most striking of these S2 Continentals were those bodied by Rolls-Royce’s in-house coachbuilder Park Ward, and this design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, would continue on the S3 Continental. Quad headlamps were the S3’s major styling innovation, and on the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied Continental were contained in slanting nacelles, giving rise to this model’s ‘Chinese Eye’ sobriquet. Headlamps aside, the most significant change was to the S3’s engine, which boasted an increased compression ratio and larger carburettors, modifications that raised peak power by some 7%. 

Chassis ‘BC8LXA’ is one of only 26 left-hand drive drophead coupés out of a total of 312 S3 Continentals produced. The Bentley was delivered new in October 1962 to Las Vegas, USA having been shipped by boat from London to San Francisco. It came with the factory fitted options of a power hood, power windows, and Sundym glass, and was finished in Porcelain White with a blue top and matching interior. The Bentley’s first owner was the American singer and actor Eddie Fisher, who was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher was married to, in order: Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. He took delivery of the Bentley while married to Elizabeth Taylor, and one can imagine the young couple cruising around the glittering casinos of Las Vegas in the evening - hood down - in this splendid Continental. It appears that the Bentley was mainly used in Las Vegas and occasionally Los Angeles, and it has been exceptionally well preserved thanks to the West Coast’s favourable climate.  

In June 2009, the Bentley was brought back to Europe for Mr Alexander Oet. It was restored in the UK and registered under Mr Oet’s name. Between 2013 and 2017, the third owner, Mr Christophe d’Ansembourg, had the car regularly maintained by Bentley Bourgoo in Knokke (bills on file). Purchased by the current vendor in 2017, this sublime soft-top Bentley Continental is offered with books, tools, and a Belgian Carte Grise

Condition, Registrations & Documents

  • Historic license plate
  • Registered
  • Ready to drive
  • Accident-free

Vehicle-ID: 187911


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