1963 Bentley S3 Standard Saloon


  • Restored car finished in beautiful two-tone grey metallic 
  • Resprayed bodywork and retrimmed interior 
  • Low mileage of under 77,000 miles 
  • Just six registered keepers from new 
  • Vast history file dating back over 40 years 
  • Recent attention to fluids, electrics and servicing 

The Appeal 

This beautiful S3 is a great reminder of how well we used to make cars. Flowing, hand-crafted lines and a sumptuous coachbuilt cabin explain why the current keeper describes driving it as ‘feeling like a millionaire.’
Except, in this car, that work is much more recent. The handsome two-tone grey metallic paintwork and exquisite grey leather interior are recent reworkings, but the quality of the work matches that of those original Bentley artisans. Little used since completion, it is in very good order throughout. 
The mechanical condition is more than match for those aesthetics. The detailed history file dates back over 40 years. Recent work includes servicing plus attention to the axle, brake and gearbox fluids and the suspension and wiring. The low mileage of under 77,000 miles is reported to be correct. 
The S3 is a rare, sought-after part of the illustrious Bentley lineage and this one is amongst the best. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 25th September 1963 
  • Only six registered keepers from new 
  • Current keeper since March 2021
  • VIN number B684CN
  • Reported to have been restored with summary of work below 
  • History covers last 40 years with extensive invoices and receipts shown in photos 
  • Old MOTs in history file to verify mileage 
  • We are told that the displayed mileage of 76,885 miles is correct 
  • Vendor advises that it has always been garaged
  • Registered as a Historic Vehicle so MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt 
  • Factory handbook in good condition 
  • 1 set of keys 
  • Specification sheet from 1968 confirms the current colour scheme 
  • Extensive repairs in 2018 including servicing, shock absorbers, fluids and compression test
  • Further repairs in December 2021 totalling nearly £2,000 across fluids and wiring 
  • DVLA reports last MOT expiring 8th August 2020 with 74,458 miles showing on test
Recent restoration work summary: 
  • Bodywork restored
  • Resprayed in two-tone metallic grey
  • Retrimmed interior 
  • New headlining 
  • Cabin woodwork refurbished
  • New tyres
  • Lambswool over rugs 

The Condition

  • Stylish two-tone grey metallic paintwork in very good order
  • Very well kept exterior with recent respray and bodywork restoration 
  • No obvious signs of bodywork deterioration across sills, arches and doors 
  • We are told there is a small scratch to the offside rear wing 
  • Vendor advises that this would likely polish out 
  • Underside presents similarly well with no structural advisories on last MOT 
  • Chromework in very good order with bright finish and no visible tarnish 
  • Retrimmed interior in high quality grey leather with barely any signs of use
  • Refurbished wood veneers across doors and dashboard with factory inlays 
  • Very original and unmodified interior 

The Mechanics 

  • 6,230cc Bentley V8 engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox with column shift
  • Extensive history file indicating regular maintenance
  • Around £5,000 invested since 2018 with only 4,000 miles covered since 
  • No reported running or driving issues
  • Reported to drive very well and as buyer would expect 
  • Mileage is reported to be correct and car has not gone around the clock 
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on last MOT 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1963
  • Make Bentley
  • Model S3
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 76,883 Miles
  • Engine size 6230
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ashford
  • County Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
53 Bids
  • ro•••• £44,550 18/07/24
  • ab•••• £44,300 18/07/24
  • ro•••• £44,050 18/07/24
  • go•••• £43,800 18/07/24
  • ro•••• £43,550 18/07/24
  • go•••• £43,300 18/07/24
  • ro•••• £43,050 18/07/24
  • go•••• £42,800 18/07/24
  • ro•••• £42,550 18/07/24
  • ab•••• £42,300 18/07/24

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