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Bentley S 3 (1963)

1963 Bentley S3 Saloon

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  • RM Sotheby´s
  • Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
  • Contact:
    Jack Little

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Request for Bentley S 3 (1963) | Vehicle-ID: 241793

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  • Description
  • Condition
  • Make Bentley
  • Model S 3
  • Model name S 3
  • Series n.a.
  • Year of manufacture 1963
  • Chassis number n.a.
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category n.a.
  • Mileage n.a.
  • Previous owners n.a.
  • First registration n.a.
  • Engine number n.a.
  • Matching numbers n.a.

Technical details

  • Body style Saloon
  • Body detail 4-doors
  • Power (kw/hp) 147/200
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 6,230
  • Cylinders 8
  • Doors 4
  • Steering Right (RHD)
  • Transmission Automatic
  • Gears n.a.
  • Drive Rear
  • Front Brake n.a.
  • Rear Brake n.a.
  • Fuel Petrol

Individual configuration

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

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' A Passion for Elegance event, 19 June 2021.
Estimate:
CHF45,000 - CHF65,000

  • A significant model in Bentley history
  • Wonderful specification; finished in the original paint colors
  • Accompanied by copies of its build documentation



The Bentley S3 and its Rolls-Royce sibling, the Silver Cloud III, represented the last of this generation from Crewe. They were, in retrospect, much more ground-shaking in their time than they may appear today. Features such as quad headlamps and a slightly lower radiator shell attracted tremendous attention, with the press taking umbrage but buyers accepting the changes for what they were: attractive steps towards the future. In fact, the models were very well-received by traditional clientele and sold strongly, on the basis of new comfort features such as a standard automatic gearbox and the manufacturer’s first standard divided front seats.

The S3 offered here was ordered from City Motors Ltd. of Cardiff, Wales, by Alexander D. Thomson, of Duckworth’s, then a prominent British manufacturer of “Heart Brand” food colourings and essences. It was specified as a right-hand-drive model, finished in the unusual and attractive two-tone livery of Shell Grey over Caribbean Blue with Deep Blue fine lines and Blue leather upholstery, and equipped with automatic gearbox, radio, and electric windows. Delivery was made to the dealer on 29 August 1963, with the guarantee issued to the original owner that same date.

Today the S3 retains its original engine and registration, and remains in very fine overall condition, with the only issue noted as a paint crack on the left front wing. The body is correctly finished in the original colors, while the interior has been lightly updated with Grey leather upholstery and a modern radio, in addition to the correct original unit. Further, the car is outfitted with air conditioning. The Bentley has been very well-maintained, typical of the care given this collection by their fastidious custodian. Accompanying the automobile are copies of its build documentation and a FIVA Identity Card.

An S3 is a wonderful, luxurious automobile to drive, and this would be a superb example for just that use in continental touring. It is the essence, one might say, of fine motoring.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/ns21.

Optional equipment & accessories

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Condition, Registrations & Documents

  • Registered
  • Ready to drive

Vehicle-ID: 241793

Dealer Vehicle-ID: NS21_r0006


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