1965 Bentely S3
Dark Gray over Silver Metallic Paint
Major Full Body Restoration 1980'S
St James Red Leather Interior
6.2 L Bentley V89:1 Compression Ratio
4-speed automatic transmission
FrontIndependent Coil Spring ArrangementW/ Hydraulic Shock Dampers & Anti-Roll Stabiliser Bar
RearSemi-Elliptical Leaf Springs, Hydraulic Shock Dampers
Original Bentley WheelsW/ Coker Classic L78-15 White Wall Tires
Retractable Rear "Picnic Tables"
Chassis # B14HN
Engine # BHN7
Beleived To Be Matching Numbers
Texas Classic Cars Of Dallas is proud to showcase this astonishing 1965 Bentley S3. Here is a good, clean example of a '65 Bentley S3 Saloon Right Hand Drive , very attractively finished in Dark Gray and Silver Metallic, with ST James Red leather interior, and color scheme which suits the car very well indeed. In Great condition, looking very smart, with deep shine to the paintwork, excellent chrome ,equipped with wooden dashboard, automatic transmission, power windows, power steering, slim white walls, working air conditioning, fold down trays , vanity mirrors, radio and lots of patina. Excellent car and mechanically sound, the interior is beginning to show signs of wear. This is a lovely S3 Saloon which is running and driving well ,it was purchased from the 1st owner of ten years and then from the long term owners of over 40 years ,she retains a good oil pressure and a good idle. There are very few cars that look as nice as this one, she had a full body restoration in the 80’s and has retained a great look since then. It runs and drives great and looks astonishing , this car turns heads and has people stopping by just to check it out. The paint work is great quality with minor dings from driving, the V8 runs strong with a good shifting 4 speed automatic transmission , this car just feels like a cloud on any road. Don’t pass on this great deal of a lifetime.
The S3 was first announced and displayed at the Paris Motor Show October 1962, the production cars were given a facelift and the Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 were introduced. The most obvious visual feature was the twin headlamp arrangement in what was virtually an unchanged body style. Four headlamps provided more illumination and made it easier for Rolls-Royce to pass the latest North American lighting regulations. Also this layout had been chosen for the next generation Silver Shadow and this provided a convenient way of bridging the visual gap between the old and the new. The side lamps and flashers were combined and mounted in the noses of the front mudguards: the earlier cars had separate side lamps on the top of the mudguards and used the fog lamps also as flashers. The radiator was lowered by 1.5 inches and the bonnet sloped downwards to suit, thereby improving the driver’s close-to-car vision. A detail seen in some cars nowadays was the addition of a chrome strip on the front mudguards along the swage line above the wheel opening. This was because the mudguard was not a single pressing and was welded at this point: it was easier to fit the chrome strip than to achieve the desired finish to the paint.
Internally, individual front seats became standard and allowed more leg room for rear passengers, there was also some reshaping of the rear seats. The heating/ ventilation system was upgraded, there were extra radio controls and a number of other such details were improved. Operating: lighter power steering, more powerful engine, Horse-power increased 7 percent by employing a higher compression ratio, 9:1 instead of 8:1 and larger carburetors to give higher performance - improved acceleration and a top speed of 115 mph with no loss of economy, That’s fast for such a big car, for the American market an engine "breather" to reduce air pollution. At the end of 1965, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series are introduced, bringing an end to the production of the Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Series. The standard S3 was built in the following quantities per models:1962-65 Bentley S3: 1286 (1 drophead coupé by Mulliner Park Ward) Bentley S3 long wheelbase: 32 (7 with coachbuilt bodies by James Young)
This beautiful Bentley has had only 3 owners. The first purchased it new in England. The second lived in Texas and has owned it since it was about 10 years old. The current owner purchased it during an estate sale. The second owners took the car to several car shows and you can see by the awards, it did very well. The original leather seats are showing their age. Some really good leather restorer would bring them back a bit. The headliner is in excellent condition.