1963 Bentley S3 Continental FHC


  • Highly desirable S3 Continental
  • Coachwork by Park Ward
  • Full length sunroof
  • Beautifully presented inside and out

The Appeal

The Bentley S3 was a supremely stylish motorcar of the 1950s, and the Continental model took this to an even higher level. The coupé body by park ward is beautifully sleek and refined, while remaining purposeful and with excellent road presence. 

This particular S3 Continental has previously spent time in the USA and the Middle East before being repatriated to its country of manufacture. It is now presented in good condition throughout, and features a rare and desirable full length sunroof, allowing for cool open-air motoring. 

So if you’re looking for a stylish classic Bentley, you’ll certainly want to consider this beautiful S3 Continental. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1963
  • Previously located in the United States
  • The car was then taken to the Middle East
  • Imported to the UK by the current owner in Just 2022
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • Chassis number: BC42XB

The Interior

  • Luxurious leather interior 
  • Burr walnut veneers 
  • Well appointed dashboard

This Bentley features a sumptuously appointed interior, with leather and walnut throughout. The leather upholstery appears to be in very good condition, while there is a little creasing to the front seats, but no damage or stains that we could see, other than the rear arm rests showing a little staining. 

In front of the driver, highly figured burr walnut veneer swathes the dashboard. The lacquer looks to be free from scratches and chips, and a full complement of instruments sits behind the large steering wheel. But there is a little condensation in some of the gauges, and a column-mounted gear change allows for a spacious front seating area

The carpets are showing signs of use, but remain complete, while the door cards are clean and tidy, with electric window controls. Another brilliantly retro feature is the smoked glass sun visors, which shade the occupants when required. 

To the rear, the spacious luggage compartment is fully carpeted. The battery is currently resting at a jaunty angle, but will need to be safely secured before use on the road. 

The Exterior 

  • Coachwork by Park Ward
  • Full length sunroof
  • Paintwork and chrome in great condition

Featuring superb two-door coupé styling, this S3 is ready to grace the roads with its presence. The car is distinguished by the fitment of a full length sunroof, which allows for comfortable open-air motoring in summer.

The panel gaps and shut lines look good, while subtle tailfins add a little ‘50s flair. At the front, the imposing chromed Bentley radiator surround and winged ‘B’ emblem ensure that nobody will be in any doubt about this car’s pedigree. The white paint is said to be in the original colour.

The chrome trim is well polished and bright throughout, all the lamp lenses clear, and the distinctive offset headlamps are an interesting feature. The car runs on steel wheels with large chromed hubcaps 

The Mechanics 

  • 6.2-litre Bentley V8 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Engine bay clean and tidy

Under the long bonnet of this Bentley lies its capable V8 power plant, a 6.2-litre unit which delivers plenty of power to the rear wheels via the car’s automatic transmission. Opening either side of the centrally hinged bonnet reveals a tidy engine bay with many intriguing features. 

The vendor tells us that the engine and gearbox are both original to the car, and that it starts and drives. 

The S3 benefits from refined modern features such as power steering and servo-assisted brakes, making this an eminently drivable motorcar.


To sum up, this Bentley S3 is an excellent example of the model, with its rare and desirable full length sunroof and exceptionally suave coachwork by Park Ward. It will keep up with modern traffic and do so with elegance and class. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make Bentley
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 1,929 Miles
  • Engine size 6231
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bicester
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • centur8•••• £28,000 29/05/23
  • bell.fi•••• £27,500 29/05/23
  • richard•••• £25,500 28/05/23
  • centur8•••• £22,500 28/05/23
  • peter-e•••• £22,000 28/05/23
  • centur8•••• £21,500 28/05/23
  • Transam•••• £21,000 28/05/23
  • centur8•••• £20,000 28/05/23
  • Transam•••• £19,000 27/05/23
  • deangil•••• £18,500 25/05/23

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