1963 Bentley S3 Continental Saloon
Chassis no. B 54 DF
Engine no. 8S1613
6,230cc OHV Aluminum V8 Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front and Live-Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-wheel Girling drum brakes
*Single family ownership from new
*With the current owner since 1971
*Well optioned from the factory
*Unique South African history
The S3 Continental
Launched in 1962, the Bentley S3 and its Rolls-Royce equivalent, the Silver Cloud III, employed the V8 engine introduced on the Silver Cloud II/Bentley S2, though with larger carburetors, a new distributor and raised compression ratio. Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its aging six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce had turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached.
Most obvious among the many S3/Cloud III changes were the adoption of a four-headlamp lighting arrangement, the absence of sidelights from the fenders, and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside there was revised accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. The last mainstream Bentley to employ a separate chassis, the S3 remained in production until it was superseded by the unitary construction T-Series in late 1965.
The Motorcar Offered
This Bentley has remained in the same family since it was delivered to its first owner in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1963. The limousine was purchased new by Issy Pasvolsky, the Chairman and Managing Director of the largest publicly-owned bus transportation company in Southern Africa. Issy, an Eastern European immigrant, had started the company with a single bus in 1928 and eventually built the bus company into the largest in Cape Town. The Bentley was used for all the Managing Director's official travel, driven by a uniformed chauffeur, and meticulously maintained. The car was well optioned and fitted with air conditioning.
When Issy purchased a Rolls-Royce in 1971, he sold the Bentley to his sister, Mary, who had always been quite keen on the car. Enjoying the car in South Africa, it made the journey to New York when she moved to the US in 1977. Carefully maintained but sparingly used, the regal Bentley was pulled out of the garage for special occasions, family picnics and sporadic trips to the local supermarket.
Mary, now nearly 100 years of age, and her family have finally decided to move the Bentley on to its next, careful keeper. Always garaged and covered, the car still retains its original custom made luggage from Bentley, owner's handbook, and both sets of keys. Having been driven less than 2,000 miles a year since new, it still shows very wellthis Bentley carries the same level of grace and style it did when it was first delivered!
- Please note, this lot is a Standard Steel Saloon, not a Continental. Please note that, due to PA law this title will need to be processed through the PA Department of Transportation and therefore may require up to 14 days for receipt.