1963 Bentley S3

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  • Featured on a promotional sleeve for the band 'Mother's Ruin' during the early 1980s
  • Retains all its original Jack Barclay nameplates from when it was first sold
  • Under current ownership, the car has been serviced and maintained by renowned Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist Mark Taylor
  • Over £30,000 spent on maintenance during the last 12,000 miles
  • Incorporates numerous discreet upgrades increasing its usability

The Appeal

Original offered at three times the price of the Jaguar Mark X, the Bentley S3 was just about the most exclusive British car of its era and even today, it radiates luxury and sophistication. Sharing its underpinnings with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, the Bentley was the rarer of the two, pitched as the more sporting model in homage to the brand's illustrious competition history.

Here we have a beautifully presented, unrestored 1963 example which benefits from copious expenditure during recent years. Featuring on an LP sleeve for the band 'Mother's Ruin' during the early 1980s, we're sure this car has plenty of stories to tell... 

Its accompanied by a detailled ownership history record from day one, when it was supplied on 13th June 1963 by Jack Barclay. The Bentley was owned for many years by one of the UK’s largest chauffeur businesses, kept in first-class order as it could never be permitted to give problems when in service. The car therefore benefited from very regular careful use. The vendor has taken advantage of its superlative grand touring abilities, traveling between their homes in the UK and the Algarve in supreme luxury.

A number of sympathetic upgrades have been carried out including a high torque starter motor, halogen headlamps, solid state fuel pumps, electronic ignition, large capacity radiator, reversing camera, hazard warning lights and a modified oil filter housing for later screw-on filter.

For those seeking an exceedingly usable luxury classic, this impeccably preserved, well-sorted Bentley S3 is a compelling candidate.

History and Paperwork

  • The vendor informs us that this car has a complete ownership history from day one
  • Supplied on 13th June 1963 by Jack Barclay to a Mrs Jacobs
  • Owned for many years by one of the UK’s largest chauffeur businesses
  • The car has been well maintained rather than ever undergoing significant restoration work
  • Under current ownership, the car has been serviced and maintained by Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist Mark Taylor (Ex P&A Wood) with £8,000 spent during the past year
  • It comes with a large file of invoices stretching back twenty years up to the present, showing the high level of yearly maintenance

The Condition

  • Beautifully presented inside and out
  • Very few imperfections to the paint and bodywork overall
  • The front seats and door trims have been re-trimmed to a high standard
  • We're informed that the car was repainted probably over twenty years ago in Rolls-Royce Caribbean Blue which has stood up well
  • There are some small areas of paint imperfections and some slight corrosion to the base of the offside rear wing
  • The underside is in very good condition and has ben kept clean
  • All the body mounts and sills are in good order according to the vendor

The Mechanics

  • 6,250 cc V8
  • Automatic transmission with four speeds
  • The vendor reports that the S3 drives effortlessly at motorway speeds returning 18-20 mpg
  • Benefits from a radiator upgrade for use in hot climates with a new thermostat and filled with the correct R-R coolant
  • Over the past 12,000 miles, it has had an expenditure of over £30,000 ensuring the car is mechanically sound
  • Subject to yearly servicing
  • Recenmt expenditure includes a complete brake overhaul, front suspension overhaul, new heater matrix, engine work on the valve stem seals, new front exhaust systems, and the fittment of new tyres
  • High torque starter motor fitted
  • Modern halogen headlamps
  • Solid state fuel pumps fitted
  • Electronic ignition upgrade
  • Reversing camera added
  • Now equipped with hazard warning lights
  • The original rear spring leather gaiters are still present and in good order
  • The oil filter housing has been modified for later screw on filter
  • The vendor reports that the engine starts with no unpleasant noises
  • We're informed that the gear changes are smooth and the brakes are excellent


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Auction Details
  • Year 1963
  • Make Bentley
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 56,844 Miles
  • Engine size 6250
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chichester
  • County Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
4 Bids from 3 bidders
  • de•••• £24,000 10/03/24
  • Ti•••• £23,000 10/03/24
  • de•••• £22,500 10/03/24
  • to•••• £20,000 10/03/24

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