- Chassis B70LCN
- One of 1,286 cars produced
- Supplied with original handbook
- Current owner for over 15 years
- European registered
The Bentley S3 Saloon
Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its ageing six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce had turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their ‘Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though the duo’s performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. Externally, the new models appeared virtually unchanged, while beneath the skin Rolls-Royce’s own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one on offer, and power steering had been standardised. In 1962, the V8 engine appeared in improved form in the Bentley S3 and its Rolls-Royce equivalent, the Silver Cloud III, incorporating larger carburettors, a new distributor, and raised compression ratio. There were many other changes made to the S3/Cloud III, the most obvious being the adoption of a four-headlamp lighting arrangement (a nod to American tastes), the absence of sidelights from the wing tops, and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside, the new models featured revised accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. The last mainstream Bentley to employ the traditional separate chassis, the S3 remained in production until superseded by the unitary construction T-Series in late 1965.
The Bentley S3 Saloon we are offering here is chassis B70LCN and was supplied new to California in 1964 according to our information. Finished in elegant light metallic blue with its original beige leather to the interior, this desirable factory left hand drive example comes with air conditioning, electric windows and its original hand book. In the late 90s the car was retailed back from the US to Europe where it remained with its French owner from 1998 until 2003. During that time the car was thoroughly maintained and shown in various events throughout France. The current owner purchased B70LCN in 2003 and has owned it until then.
Offered in fine condition and ready for immediate enjoyment, B70LCN is undoubtedly among the finest examples of its kind, and great value for money.