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Lot 175

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe

Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd.

SOLD $103,600

Estimate

$80,000 - $110,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

BC18LXC

Car Highlights

Contemporary H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Design
One of 27 Left-Hand-Drive Continental Coupes Equipped with Body Design No. 2035
Originally Owned by MCA/Universal Studio Head Lew Wasserman
Well Equipped with Factory Air-Conditioning and In-Door Cocktail Compartments
Prime Example Marking the End of the Custom-Bodied Bentley

Technical Specs

6,230 CC OHV V-8 Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
Estimated 220 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Automatic GM Hydra-Matic Transmission
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes
Front Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The third and final iteration of the Bentley S Type debuted as the S3 for the 1963 model year, with a new fixed head coupe joining the lineup. This example is one of 27 left-hand-drive coupes equipped with contemporary H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. coachwork for design body no. 2035, and one of just seven examples known to the RROC today. The Continental designation was reserved for the performance model, which, on the S3 chassis, incorporated a more raked steering column and lower radiator grille providing improved aerodynamics for better performance.

The original owner of this S3 Continental Coupe was media mogul Lew Wasserman, who ran MCA/Universal. Chassis BC18LXC is equipped with power windows, in-door refreshment cabinets, and rare factory air-conditioning. Cloaked in dark green paintwork and light tan leather upholstery, BC18LXC features a walnut-trimmed dashboard with a full array of gauges, including a tachometer. Presenting in excellent condition, and accompanied by extensive invoices from its current ownership, it was the cover car and subject of a recent feature article in the Silver Cloud & Bentley S Type Society’s Post “55” publication.

This example represents the end of the firm’s true custom-bodied models, the perfect complement to the performance Continental chassis, a name retired after the S3 and not revived until 1984. BC18LXC will grant its next owner the ideal blend of exclusivity, driving pleasure, and comfort for which Bentley is famous.