1963 Bentley S3 Saloon


  • 6.2L V8 powerplant with 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Super paperwork file with plenty of money spent
  • Valid MOT until August 2024

The Appeal

Introduced in 1962, and running until 1965, the Bentley S3 may not have been around for a long time, but it certainly made an impact. These cars were symbols of the elite, although only the truly discerning motorist would note the differences from the S2 that had come before it. 
This example, part of a recent estate sale, has clearly been prized. Everything is in excellent fettle with a full engine rebuild completed over the past decade. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1963
  • The DVLA notes 10 previous owners
  • Originally painted in blue
  • Painted to current livery in January 2003
  • In current ownership since February 2022
  • Currently indicates 89,078 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • Valid MOT until August 2024 with minor advisories:
    • Misting of oil on offside rear shock absorber
    • Light binding of nearside front service brake
  • Paperwork file includes:
    • Extensive selection of invoices
    • Original Bentley S3 booklet
    • MOT certificates
  • Spare components, tools, sundries and leads are included in sale

The Condition

  • Impressive deep red colour scheme
  • Excellent order with some light marks and stone chips
  • These are largely focused on the lips of the arches
  • Chromework presents well including the iconic grille
  • Car is sat on colour-matched wheels with a set of Hercules tyres
  • Internally, the car is in excellent order
  • Cream leather upholstery with red piping
  • Extensive walnut veneers
  • All instruments are in good, readable condition
  • Some light pitting to the interior chromework
  • Modern Pioneer music unit has been installed
  • Carpets and headlining in good order

The Mechanics

  • 6.2L V8 powerplant 
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine bay in good order with age-commensurate wear
  • Engine was rebuilt within the past ten years and still runs perfectly
  • Over £3,000 spent in the past two years
  • The vendor notes that the car’s mechanical condition is excellent
  • We’ve been informed that the car pulls ‘superbly’ and gearbox is ‘seamless’
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make Bentley
  • Model S3
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 89,078 Miles
  • Engine size 6230
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Marlborough
  • Location Wiltshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
28 bids
  • gr•••• £24,000 23/11/23
  • wi•••• £23,500 23/11/23
  • gr•••• £23,000 23/11/23
  • mi•••• £22,000 23/11/23
  • wi•••• £21,500 23/11/23
  • gr•••• £21,000 23/11/23
  • mi•••• £20,500 23/11/23
  • wi•••• £18,500 23/11/23
  • vo•••• £18,000 23/11/23
  • si•••• £17,750 23/11/23
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