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1964 Bentley S3 Continental Fixed Head Coupe by MPW

Highlights

  • Original factory colour combination 
  • Well-travelled between USA, Australia & UK
  • One of only 77 RHD fully coachbuilt cars
  • Recent recommissioning by specialist Bensport 
  • Desirable upgrades including Webasto sunroof 
  • Superb condition with light character 

The Appeal 

It cost more than an Aston Martin or Ferrari, which meant the handsome S3 Continental by Mulliner Park Ward was only for the very lucky. It was the last fully coachbuilt Bentley and just 77 RHD cars left the factory over four short years.
This beautiful Caribbean Blue 1964 car is likely one of the most travelled. Originally UK registered, it moved to California soon after before arriving in Australia in 1982. It was repatriated here in 2015, with just two registered keepers since. Its history throughout this time is carefully documented. 
It comes to market soon after a very extensive recommissioning process by marque specialist Bensport. Retaining its factory correct colour combination, it benefits from some useful mechanical improvements that increase drivability and reliability as well as more comfort-focussed additions like a Webasto sunroof. 
Rare and in great order with a very light patina of character, this is a superb example of a truly great four-seater British GT. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1964 
  • C Series car built between November 1963 and November 1965 
  • Re-registered in the UK on 10th August 2015 
  • Two registered keepers with vendor acquiring car on 6th March 2022
  • One of 100 MPW cars of which only 77 were in RHD 
  • Extensive history file covering invoices and correspondence throughout car’s life 
  • Original multi-page factory build document 
  • Concours d'Elegance plaque from Bentley Owners Club event 
  • Import and export documents from Australia 
  • Old MOTs and invoices covering last 10 years 
  • DVLA registration documents 
  • Replacement of a window motor on 13th July 2021
  • Email correspondence from August 2021 with previous owners 
  • Stored in a dehumidified air chamber
  • Original colour scheme
  • Extensive work by Bensport in July 2022 costing over £7,000 
  • This is documented in photographs including the invoice 
  • Last MOT expired 12th August 2022 with 19,403 miles showing and no advisories 
  • No advisories on any MOT since car’s return to UK in 2015 
  • Chassis number BC138XC and (1)20,770 miles showing 
Factory fitted optional extras, which car retains: 
  • Dual calibrated speedometer showing miles and kms
  • Hirschmann aerial 
  • Electric windows 
Overview of history: 
  • Initially supplied by Weybridge Autos to FJL Green Esq 
  • Soon after the car was relocated to California 
  • It remained in California until 1982 when it was showing 82,000 miles 
  • It then went to Australia where it was acquired by local marque specialist Robert McDermott
  • McDermott sold the car to a friend in 1982 but continued to maintain the car 
  • He bought the car back from his friend in 1996 at 98,140 miles 
  • In August 2015 the car was returned to the UK 
  • It was acquired by the vendor in March 2022 
Recent additions to car: 
  • Webasto sunroof 
  • Twin cooling fans
  • Headlight upgrade
  • Hi torque starter 

The Condition

  • Original colour scheme with Caribbean paintwork 
  • Photographs show the exterior condition including paint and panelwork is very good
  • Re-chromed and presents with bright, unmarked and undamaged fittings
  • Headlight upgrade and Webasto sunroof recently fitted
  • Standard car but with combined brake and indicator light upgrade for safety 
  • Chrome body colour hub caps 
  • Badge bar 
  • Beautiful St James Red interior is factory correct and carries light, charactful signs of age
  • Factory fitted with air conditioning and Sundym glass for improved comfort 
  • Matching red carpets in cabin with overmats, all well kept with only light wear
  • Veneers to dashboard and doors very well kept with no visible deterioration 
  • Radio cassette system fitted and original factory Bakelite steering wheel 
  • Blue boot carpet in good order
Sitting magnificently in light Caribbean Blue over St James red leather interior, this stately Continental shows just why these imposing cars have endured and remain popular. The lines are simply styled and timeless. 
This car was restored around 10-15 years ago, retaining its factory-correct colour scheme. Sparing use by enthusiast owners means it is still in superb condition, helped by a recent rechrome. 
The interior displays a very light patina of use that is arguably more appealing than a fresh, unused cabin on a car like this. Alongside the factory-fitted Sundym glass and air conditioning, this car now has a large Webasto sunroof, making it highly usable whatever the weather. 

 
The Mechanics 
  • 6,230cc Bentley V8 hand-crafted engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox with column shift 
  • Extensive recommissioning by Bensport in July 2022 with few miles since 
  • Brake pipes re-routed inside car for safety 
  • Hi torque starter fitted for reliability 
  • Upgraded to twin electric fans 
  • Hydraulic tappets overhauled 
  • Suspension set up attended to 
  • Recent service work by Bensport 
The extensive history file that accompanies this car confirms that the displayed mileage is genuine. It has been maintained throughout its life by marque specialists like Robert McDermott in Australia and more recently by specialists Bensport. Over £7,000 was invested there by the seller in July 2022, including useful upgrades such as twin electric cooling fans and a high torque starter motor. It was also serviced and has covered few miles since. 
The car is reported to drive exceptionally well, allowing the buyer to experience one of the most cossetting and effortlessly powerful British GTs of the early 1960s. 

 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1964
  • Make Bentley
  • Model S3
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 120,770 Miles
  • Engine size 6230
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Somerset
  • Country United Kingdom

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