H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 30
Year : 1964
Engine Size : 6230cc
Colour : Blue
Interior : Red
Registration No. : DSA643B
Chassis No. : BC138XC
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Introduced in Autumn 1962, the S3 Continental was notable as the last Bentley to utilise a separate chassis. The substantial box-section structure in question was powered by a 6230cc OHV V8 engine allied to four-speed automatic transmission. Reputedly capable of nigh-on 120mph, the S3 Continental was sold to coachbuilt special order only. One of the more striking designs available, the H.J. Mulliner Park Ward Fixed Head Coupe owed its beautifully sleek profile to Vilhelm Koren. A freelance stylist from Sweden, the 'straight-through' wing line and 'cut-back' wheelarches that he pioneered on the Bentley S2 Continental chassis were successfully carried over to its successor. Visually updated by the diagonal placement of their quad headlights, the Koren-inspired S3 Continentals (in either open or closed guises) thus boasted a decidedly modern yet majestic look. Of the 312 S3 Continentals made between 1962 and 1966, a good number were supplied to such contemporary celebrities as Jayne Mansfield, Fanny Craddock, Sir John Mills and Harry Belafonte.
Finished in Light Metallic Blue with Red hide upholstery, this particular example was originally registered as 'CPL 600B' and delivered new in June 1964 to an F. Gree Esq. At some stage the Continental found its way to Australia before being repatriated in 2015. The vendor, who has recently enjoyed the Le Mans Classic weekend behind the wheel, believes its indicated mileage of 113,000 to be correct. He informs us that it 'drives superbly', and describes the two-door Park Ward bodywork, interior trim, V8 engine and automatic transmission as 'excellent', and the paintwork as 'very good', but feels the brightwork, though okay, is not quite of the same standard as the rest of the car. He is now offering this lovely Bentley complete with correct full-length Webasto sunroof, air conditioning, plus an extensive service history courtesy of Bentley main agents and marque specialists. He plans to treat the car to a fresh MOT in time for the sale.