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1965 Bentley S3 Series Continental Coupe / BC90LXC Vehicle Information

1965 Bentley S3 Series photograph

1965 Bentley S3 Series photograph

1965 Bentley S3 Series1965 Bentley S3 Series
Sold for $106,400 at 2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
This 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe with coachwork by Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward. Styling features include the quad headlights in slanting nacelles, giving rise to the model's 'Chinese Eye' sobriquet. The 6,230cc, overhead-valve, aluminum V8 engine benefits from an increased compression ratio and larger carburetors which helped raise power by approximately seven percent. The engine is backed by a four-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel Girling drum brakes. The suspension is independent in the front with semi-elliptical leaf springs in the back.

In May of 1964, Mr. Lawrence S. Reed sold his Texas Gulf Producing Company to Sinclair for $253 million. Around that time, he ordered this Bentley S3 Continental Coupe from Rolls-Royce of New York. It was finished in Tudor Grey over Grey leather, with options that included a Blaupunkt radio, electric windows and aerial, plain Sundym glass all around, and white wall tires.

This car wears an older restoration and has since been refinished in black over tan hides with a more modern cassette radio and air conditioning. Lucy Dahl acquired the Bentley in 2002 and retained it for six years before selling it to the current owner in 2008.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2021



2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $70,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $106,400

1965 Bentley S3 Series Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1965 sales)
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC74LXE
Sold for USD$201,600
  2021 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours dElegance Online Auction
1965 Bentley S3 Series image  
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: BC90LXC
Sold for USD$106,400
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1965 Bentley S3 Series image  1965 Bentley S3 Series image  
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B116GJBGJ58
Sold for USD$30,800
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
1965 Bentley S3 Series image  1965 Bentley S3 Series image  
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward
Chassis#: BC176XC
Sold for USD$167,750
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: BC24XE
Sold for USD$265,719
  2016 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B378HN
Sold for USD$26,534
  2016 H & H Auctions - Donington Park
 
1965 Bentley S3
Sold for USD$24,575
  2015 Artcurial - Estate Sale
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B124CJ
Sold for USD$53,855
  2015 Bonhams : The Summer Classic Sale
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B18JP
Sold for USD$35,629
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1965 Bentley SIII Mulliner Adaptation by Pilkington
Sold for USD$73,101
  2012 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B244HN
Sold for USD$33,014
  2012 The Pavilion Gardens
 
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Saloon
Chassis#: BC46XE
Sold for USD$99,176
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur
Sold for USD$116,014
  2011 Coys Auctions - The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot
 
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé
Chassis#: BC98LXE
Sold for USD$138,000
  2010 Bonhams - Royal Mirage, Dubai
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B152GJ
Sold for USD$33,238
  2010 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B50LHN
Sold for USD$41,703
  2010 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
1965 Bentley S3 Continental ‘Chinese Eye' by Mulliner Park Ward
Chassis#: ELW 789C
Sold for USD$121,347
  2009 Coys Auction - Blenheim Palace
 
1965 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B130HN
Sold for USD$63,337
  2009 Shannons Auctions - 2009 Melbourne International Motorshow Auction
 
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC18XD
Sold for USD$74,043
  2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia
 
1965 BENTLEY S3 4 DOOR SEDAN
Sold for USD$96,250
  2007 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2007
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1965 Bentley S3 Series's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1965 Bentley S3 Drophead Coupe ConversionB354HN2019 H & H Pavilion Gardens Buxton $120,000$150,000
1965 Bentley S3 Drophead Coupe Conversion 2019 H & H Classics Imperial War Museum, Duxford $140,000$180,000
1965 Bentley Continental S3 coupé Park WardBC58LXE2018 Artcurial : Retromobile $150,000$180,000
1965 Bentley S3 Standard Steel SaloonB342HN2017 Historics at Brooklands MercedesBenz World $20,000$25,000
1965 Bentley S3 Continental CoupéBC58LXE2017 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale $180,000$260,000
1965 Bentley S3 Standard Steel SaloonB42HN2017 Historics at Brookland $29,000$35,000
1965 Bentley S3 Continental CoupéBC58LXE2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $190,000$240,000
1965 Bentley S3 Continental 6 Light SaloonBC200XC2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying SpurBC6XD2016 Barons : RollsRoyce Enthusiasts Club   
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe 2014 Mecum : Seattle$130,000  
1965 Bentley S3 Continental Sports SaloonBC66XE2013 Bonhams The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $60,000$80,000
1965 Bentley S3 4 Door Sedan 2012 Mecum St Charles, Il   
1965 Bentley S3 Continental James Young SaloonBC46XE2012 The Imperial War Museum   
1965 Bentley S III Saloon 2009 Leake Auctions Houston Annual Leake Auto Auction Reliant Center$15,550  
1965 BENTLEY S III CVT 2006 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2526$55,000  

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Bentley S3 Series Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Coupe

Model Year: 1963
Profile
Saloon
Bentley S3 Series Saloon

Model Year: 1963
Profile
Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1963
Profile

Drophead Convertible
Bentley S3 Series Drophead Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1963
Profile
Saloon
Bentley S3 Series Saloon

Chassis Num: B40EC
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC18LXC
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History

Saloon
Bentley S3 Series Saloon

Chassis Num: BC22LXB
Engine Num: 11BBC
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC52LXA
Model Year: 1963
Profile
Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Coupe

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: BC76XC
Model Year: 1963
Profile

Saloon
Bentley S3 Series Saloon

Model Year: 1964
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: BC8CX
Engine Num: 4CBC
Model Year: 1964
Profile and Auction History
Continental Drophead Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Continental Drophead Coupe

Model Year: 1965
Profile

Sedan
Bentley S3 Series Sedan

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1965
Sedan
Bentley S3 Series Sedan

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B116GJBGJ58
Model Year: 1965
Profile and Auction History
Continental Convertible
Bentley S3 Series Continental Convertible

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: BC202LXC
Model Year: 1965
Profile

Continental Coupe
Bentley S3 Series Continental Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC90LXC
Engine Num: 45CBC
Model Year: 1965
Profile and Auction History
LWB Saloon
Bentley S3 Series LWB Saloon

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: LBCL22
Model Year: 1965
Profile


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