Bentley S3 Continental Six Light Flying Spur by Mulliner/Park Ward (1964)




Year :  1964
Make :  Bentley
Model :  S3 Continental
Coachbuilder :  Mulliner/Park Ward
Body Type :  Six Light Flying Spur
Colour :  Burgundy
Trim :  Beige Leather

History :  Up until 1957 Bentley had only offered two door Continental style bodies, so to meet the demand of requests from their customers for a more practical four door variant with greater luggage capacity the Flying Spur was born. H.J. Mulliner’s chief designer George Moseley was entrusted with styling the new four door motor car and his design was so well received that it lasted the entire production of Continental S Type Bentleys until 1966, also becoming one of the coachbuilt options available on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III chassis. A number of key events took place in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, firstly with the introduction of the Bentley S2 Continental in 1959. The new model was powered for the first time by a V8 engine boasting 6,230cc and an estimated 200bhp, boosting the power significantly when compared to its predecessor. It had been developed at Crewe for some years prior and was an immediate success. It was constructed almost entirely in aluminium and was of a very similar weight to the S1 Continentals engine, but featured hydraulic tappets to ensure quiet running. A few other mechanical aspects were modified including the braking and lubrication systems, with automatic transmission and power steering now standard fittings, making the Bentley S2 Continental a motor car capable of speeds approaching 120mph. In 1962 the S3 Continental variant was introduced, similar in many ways to the S2 Continental but arguably improved further. The introduction of twin headlamps was clearly the most obvious change, but the differences did not end there. Mechanically speaking the S3 Continental was issued with larger 9:1 compression ratio carburettors, improved power steering to aid smoother movement at parking speed and a Lucas vacuum-advance distributor to aid fuel consumption. It was perhaps the ultimate post war Bentley motor car in terms of appearance, performance and practicality and the last medium sized Bentley motor car to be offered with custom coachwork. Although the Flying Spur was an original H.J.Mulliner design first produced in 1957, the last series on the S3 Continental chassis were badged by Mulliner/Park Ward due to the amalgamation of the two coach building houses. Chassis No BC122XC was completed in May of 1964, finished in regal red with beige leather interior, almost identical to its present configuration. It was supplied new by A&D Fraser Ltd of Glasgow to its first owner, Mr Ramsay Forrest of Paisley in Scotland. Early ownership records relating to BC122XC are unknown but what is known is that by the late 1990’s the car had found its way south of the border where it became part of a collection in East Sussex. It was sold in early 2000 to Mr Chris Bonsall, a resident of Hong Kong who spent some of this time in the UK, largely in the summer. Following his first year of ownership, Mr Bonsall had the car cosmetically restored by recognised specialists, the works he instructed included but were not limited to a bare metal re-paint, chrome restoration and re-plating, woodwork restoration, new carpets and a new headlining. Some twelve years on, the car still presents beautifully throughout. The car remained in Mr Bonsall’s ownership until supplied to a collector in Europe in 2006 where it remained until recently returning to the UK once again. BC122XC was fitted with power windows when new and has since benefitted from having air conditioning added just below the dashboard, enhancing the cars credentials for summer use. Since arriving in London it has been thoroughly inspected and prepared in our workshops to ensure correct onward performance and reliability. This handsome Bentley is one of just sixty eight examples built in this style in right hand drive on the S3 Continental chassis, is complete with all of its original tools and is ready for its next fortunate owners continued enjoyment.

Condition :  Good condition throughout.
Technical Data :  Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration engine, 6.2 litres displacement, 6230cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.

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  • Year: 1964
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Automatic
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red

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