Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A

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Lot 322
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon
Registration no. SLW 222 Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A

Sold for £ 43,300 (US$ 54,445) inc. premium
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney
1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon
Registration no. SLW 222
Chassis no. BAL2
Engine no. BL1A

Footnotes

  • One of only seven long-wheelbase Bentley S3s built, chassis number 'BAL2' was sold new in the United Kingdom via H R Owen to John Hay 'Jock' Whitney, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune and US Ambassador to the Court of St James from 1957 to 1961. One of the world's wealthiest men, Jock Whitney resided when in London at Wingfield House, Regents Park but kept the Bentley for his private use at another of his properties: Cheery Hill at Wentworth in Surrey. Owner of a racing stable back home in the USA, Whitney was the Jockey Club's youngest ever member when elected in 1928, and he and the green Bentley, complete with 'Jockey Club No. 1' windscreen badge, were a regular sight at race meetings in Britain.
    Copy chassis cards on file record that the car, registration 'TLO 1', was supplied without an internal division and finished in 'Whitney Greentree Green' with red leather interior. Other noteworthy features listed include electric windows, Lucas wing mirrors, 'GB' plate, pencil-beam reading lamps in each rear quarter and 'Radford adaptions', this last being a reference to the specialist coachbuilder, Harold Radford Ltd. Also on file is a letter from the Whitneys' chauffeur, Peter England, recounting the Bentley's history.
    When Jock Whitney died in 1982 he left the Bentley to his second wife, Betsey, who lived in the USA but used the car – chauffeur driven – when in London. It was kept garaged at her London home in St James and kept in readiness for her use, which included visiting Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle. Betsey Whitney died in March 1998, the Bentley having seen little use towards the end of her life.
    While in the Whitneys' ownership the Bentley was maintained by Rolls-Royce, Hythe Road and subsequently by H R Owen, Mr England recalling that the only items that need replacing were the original chromed windscreen wipers and the electric clock in the dashboard. His letter concludes: 'in 40 years of chauffeuring this is the finest S3 Bentley I have driven.'
    Purchased by the current vendor from Jack Barclay Ltd in November 2001, the car is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with the aforementioned documentation, original handbook, MoT to 21st July 2010 and Swansea V5.
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A
Formerly the property of John Hay 'Jock' Whitney,1962 Bentley S3 LWB Saloon  Chassis no. BAL2 Engine no. BL1A
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