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Chassis Num: BC74LXE
 
1 of 20 built. This alloy bodied factory air-conditioned example is the last of only twenty left drives built. This beautiful example was the subject of a complete mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment by Vantage Motorworks. This is among the finest left-hand-drives available anywhere in the world regardless of price.

Source - Blackhawk Collection
LWB Saloon
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis Num: LBCL22
 
Of the 32 long wheelbase Bentley S3s built, this is one of only 7 fitted with coachwork by James Young of Bromley in Kent and the only one with left-hand drive. In addition, it is the very last of a long line of James Young-bodied S series Bentleys to be built. It was ordered with a special 2-inch higher roofline to accommodate its first owner, a six-foot-six-inch doctor from West Germany. Its second owner used the car to tow his horse trailer, which must have been quite a sight. The Bentley S3s have the 6.2-litre V8 engine introduced with the earlier Bentley S2. Its counterpart from Rolls-Royce was the Silver Cloud III.
The Bentley S3, a 4-door saloon with seating for five, was produced from 1962 through 1965 with a total of 1630 examples being produced. It was basically a modified and modern version of the Bentley S2. Some examples were bodied by Park Ward, H.J. Mullner, James Young and others, while most received coachwork from the marque. A limited number of 32 examples were created on a stretched wheelbase adding to the interior comfort for the passengers.

In comparison to the S2, there were minor differences; most were aesthetics appearing near the front of the vehicle. The front panels had been restyled, twin headlamps had been fitted, and a smaller bumper was used. The interior's split bench seat was now replaced by individual seats.

Under the hood was the tried-and-true Rolls-Royce OHV eight-cylinder engine. It had an aluminum-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast-iron cylinder liners. Fitted with two SU carburetors, it was capable of producing around 200 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took just under eleven seconds while top speed was achieved at around 116 mph. Fuel economy was low, with around 13 mpg combined. Power was sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a four-speed automatic gearbox.

The S3 was the final iteration of the S-Series. It was replaced by the T-Type, a derivative of the Rolls-Royce Shadow.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010
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