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1963 Bentley S3 Continental Saloon / BC22LXB Vehicle Information

1963 Bentley S3 Continental photograph

1963 Bentley S3 Continental photograph

1963 Bentley S3 Continental1963 Bentley S3 Continental
Sold for $207,200 at 2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
The Bentley S2 and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II were introduced in the autumn of 1959 and wore styling similar to their S-Type and Cloud predecessors, though the performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminum-alloy V8 engine. The new power unit was wider and shorter than the 'six' it replace, yet still fit relatively easily within the engine bay, albeit requiring the relocation of the steering box from inside to outside of the chassis frame. Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one offered and power steering had been standardized.

This particular Bentley is one of 86 S3 Continental Flying Spur, and of those, just 18 were selected with left hand drive. This LHD example was ordered new through Rolls-Royce of New York by Arlington, Virginia auto dealership owner Harry Rosenthal. He selected a Blue Spot 'Kuhn' radio with Hirschmann electric aerial, Sundym glass with power electric windows all around, ducting for refrigeration, lambswool for the rear passengers and rubber mats up front, and adjustable reading lamps in the rear cabin. The full set of luggage included four suitcases, two zipper bags, and an overnight bag. A lack Pearl over Beige leather finish was selected, and the chassis was completed at the end of April, 1963, delivered to Mulliner at the beginning of May, and sent to Mr. Rosenthal by mid-May.

The vehicle was later repainted Velvet Green, and resided in the long-term care of a prior owner before being acquired by the current owner in early 2008. At the time, the car was described as a largely original machine except for the older respray with 24,486 miles on the odometer. The car was then sent to Vantage Motorworks to carry out $60,000 in refurbishment work including a rebuilding the brake system, rebuilding and rechroming the bumpers and overriders, rechroming the side window frames, replacing all four tires, full detail of the chassis and engine bay, routine mechanical service, and attention to the paintwork including a color sand, buff, and repaint as necessary.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2021



2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $120,000-USD $180,000 
Sale Price :
USD $207,200

1963 Bentley S3 Continental Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC22LXB
Sold for USD$207,200
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC44LXA
Sold for USD$337,001
  2020 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: BC18LXC
Sold for USD$103,600
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1963 Bentley S3 Continental image  
1963 Bentley S3
Chassis#: B368CN
Sold for USD$29,204
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1963 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL MULLINER PARK WARD S3 – NO RESERVE
Chassis#: BC112XA
Sold for USD$75,447
  2018 Coys - The Royal Horticultural Halls Westminster, London
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé Coachwork by H J Mulliner
Chassis#: BC100XA
Sold for USD$261,020
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1963 Bentley Continental S3 cabriolet
Chassis#: BC56LXA
Sold for USD$183,191
  2016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur
Chassis#: BC92LXB
Sold for USD$251,225
  2016 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé
Chassis#: BC46XC
Sold for USD$115,847
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1963 Bentley S3
Sold for USD$47,300
  2014 Motostalgia Auction - Austin Grandprix 2014
 
1963 BENTLEY S3 CONTINENTAL SALOON
Chassis#: B 54 DF
Sold for USD$24,200
  2013 Preserving the Automobile : An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1963 Bentley S3 Saloon Project
Chassis#: B610CN
Sold for USD$12,971
  2013 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1963 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B164LCN
Sold for USD$40,689
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Saloon
Chassis#: BC10XA
Sold for USD$130,304
  2011 Bonhams - RAF Museum, Hendon, Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé
Chassis#: BC142XA
Sold for USD$51,136
  2010 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Four-Door Saloon
Chassis#: BC76XA
Sold for USD$60,103
  2010 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Convertible
Chassis#: BC46XB
Sold for USD$38,247
  2009 Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1963 Bentley S3 Saloon
Chassis#: B98CJ
Sold for USD$35,834
  2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia
 
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur Saloon
Chassis#: BC168XA
Sold for USD$133,204
  2008 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars
 
1963 Bentley Continental Flying Spur by HJ Mulliner
Chassis#: BC140XA
Sold for USD$81,918
  2006 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1963 Bentley S3 Continental's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Sports SaloonBC40XA2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $200,000$300,000
1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur By HJ MullinerBC36XB2011 Silverstone Classic Sale   
1963 Bentley SIII Continental Coupé by Park WardBC98LXA2011 RM Auctions Salon Privé$65,000$75,000$90,000

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Bentley S3 Continental Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Bentley S3 Continental Coupe

Model Year: 1963
Profile
Saloon
Bentley S3 Continental Saloon

Model Year: 1963
Profile
Coupe
Bentley S3 Continental Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1963
Profile

Drophead Convertible
Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Convertible

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

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

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

Saloon
Bentley S3 Continental Saloon

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

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

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

Saloon
Bentley S3 Continental Saloon

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

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

Model Year: 1965
Profile

Sedan
Bentley S3 Continental Sedan

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

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

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

Continental Coupe
Bentley S3 Continental Continental Coupe

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

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


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