Bentley S3

Bentley S3

Bentley S3 1962 – 1965 & Continental parts and spares

Production: 1962–1965, 1630 produced | Engines: 6.2 L Rolls-Royce V8 | Wheelbase: 3124.2 mm (123 in), 3225.8 mm (127 in) | Related: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Bentley S3 The S3 looked very similar to the S2. The most-visible difference was a new turn indicator light in the nose rather than on the side, along with a four-headlamp layout that paved the way for the radically new Bentley T1 in 1965, a lower bonnet line and an altered grille. The interior was modified with individual seats for front passengers and increased leg room in the rear. The S3 continued the 6.2 L (6230 cc/380 in³) V8 engine introduced with the S2 but the carbs were larger and the induction system and compression ratios were modified. The power steering was also improved.

An S3 Continental was also built, most of them coachbuilt by H. J. Mulliner & Co.. Like earlier Continentals, the sportier S3 "fast back" bodywork was manufactured entirely from aluminium, unlike the heavier, steel bodied standard saloon. This, combined with higher gearing and the better compression ratios made for a markedly faster car. Four-doored Continentals bodied by H. J. Mulliner were known as the "Flying Spur", although four-door Continentals by other coachbuilders are sometimes erroneously referred to as "Flying Spurs" as well; the term only correctly refers to Mulliner's versions. Despite being highly desirable, the considerably more expensive Continentals were produced in much smaller numbers than the standard S3 saloon, which outsold it by a factor of four.

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