1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC
Lot 332
1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner Registration no. KGJ 652A Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC
Sold for £ 124,700 (US$ 174,130) inc. premium

Lot Details
1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC 1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BC150XA Engine no. 75ABC
1963 Bentley S3 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Registration no. KGJ 652A
Chassis no. BC150XA
Engine no. 75ABC

Footnotes

  • In the 1950s and 1960s the Bentley Continental was the world's ultimate Grand Tourer, a car in which you could set off from any European capital in the morning and arrive at Monte Carlo fresh enough to play the tables that same evening. With the arrival of the V8-engined version in 1959, this consummate ability was further enhanced. The V8 was, of course, the predominant power unit in Rolls-Royce's most important export market - the USA - so it was only natural that the Crewe firm would study the best American designs - principally those of Chrysler and Cadillac - for inspiration. 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. Although wider and shorter than the 'six' it replaced, the new power unit fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, relocation of the steering box from inside to outside of the chassis frame being the most obvious alteration to the previous arrangements. 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.

    Rolls-Royce had envisaged the Bentley Continental as exclusively a two-door car but late in 1957 the decision was taken to sanction the production of a four-door variation by H J Mulliner. Introduced on the S1 Continental and known as the 'Flying Spur', this design was a collaborative effort by Rolls-Royce's in-house styling department and H J Mulliner, and bore a strong resemblance both to the two-door Continental and to existing coachbuilt four-door styles on Rolls-Royce and (non-Continental) Bentley chassis. To the Continental's existing qualities of pace and elegance, the Flying Spur added four-door practicality, a more spacious interior and generously proportioned boot. Combining boulevard elegance with Bentley's sporting tradition, the Flying Spur body style continued on the V8-engined S2 Continental and was revised to incorporate the S3's four-headlamp front end following the latter's introduction in 1962.

    One of only 68 right-hand drive Flying Spurs built on the S3 Continental chassis, this example was first owned by one J Hood and originally carried the Jersey registration 'J 143'. Accompanying build sheets list options including a split bench front seat with Reutter fittings, safety belts to the front seats, Hirschmann electric aerial, parking and blinking lamps, driver's side external mirror, rubber mats to the front compartment, fuel pump test switch, and electric windows to front doors. The customer's own thermometer and altimeter were fitted during production. The records show further items such as a badge bar, air horns, front seat headrests, wing mirrors and yellow-beam headlamps.

    St Helier Garages, Jersey supplied the Bentley originally and serviced it throughout the 1960s while it was on the island. The car came to the UK mainland in 1971 (at 17,318 miles). Official dealers James Young of Bromley serviced the car from 1971 to 1979 (at 29,202 miles) when official dealers Caffyns and Henleys took over, continuing to maintain it until 1986 (at 35,244 miles). Subsequent owners include Mr Thomas Westley (1987), Mrs Eileen Westley of Kidderminster (1989), Fred Rees Garages of Haverfordwest (1996) and Mr David McBean of Winchester, who acquired the Bentley in 2006 and displayed it at various events. The current owner purchased the Continental in 2010.

    Contained within a large green file, the accompanying history includes copy chassis cards; a list of previous owners; documentation confirming the low mileage (circa 50,500); bills for services for the period 1990 to 2007; numerous old MoTs and tax discs; and copy V5C document. Described as in generally very good condition, 'KGJ 652A' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a little used and well preserved example of this most stylish and practical of Bentley Continentals.
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