Bentley S3 Continental Coupe

The S3, introduced concurrently with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, was produced from late 1962 through October 1965 and was the final Bentley with separate body-and-chassis construction suitable for the finest custom coachbuilt bodywork. With slightly higher top-speed potential due to its carefully selected rear-end ratios and quite rare with only 312 examples built, the S3 was sought after by enthusiasts.

With its clean and elegant styling by freelance designer Vilhelm Koren, the S3 Continental Coupé had a decidedly rakish profile with attractively angled wheel arches, straight-through fender lines, smooth slab sides and unique, angled headlamps. Mechanical advancements for the S3 included a compression increase to 9.0:1 for the aluminium block-and-head 6.2-litre V-8, enlarged carburettors and a corresponding output boost of about 20 hp.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

6,230 cc V-8 engine, four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic front, servo-assisted hydraulic/mechanical rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123".

Source: RM Auctions

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