Bentley updated the S1 in 1959 with the marque's first V-8 engine, an aluminum masterpiece with 6,230cc and about 200 horsepower in the Bentley S2. After developing the V-8 for three years a new Bentley, the S3, was introduced in 1962.
The more compact V-8 allowed Bentley (and its sister, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III) to adopt a lower hood line and enlarge the passenger compartment. Bigger carburetors and high compression raised the engine's power and brought the S3's top speed to 115 mph. Power steering and an automatic transmission were adopted as standard but, ever the conservative motor car company, the mixed power-assisted braking system with hydraulic-mechanical rear brakes remained, having proved itself up to the demands of the Bentley's performance.
This 1964 Bentley S3 Saloon is a quality and largely original righthand drive car that was imported to the US by the immediately previous owner, only its second owner from new. It is finished in light grey-green over medium olive green with complementary interior leather. It is a quality car that has never had, or needed, restoration, being sympathetically maintained, driven and had attention as needed throughout its life.
Its cooling system has been upgraded to deal with Texas summer heat, the electrics are updated with modern US-sourced components and a contemporary US air conditioning system installed. The paint and interior leather are original with only minor exterior flaws and delightful patina to the leather which substantiates the 52,000 miles showing on the odometer. The transmission was rebuilt about 7,000 miles ago and works as it should.
The prior owner says it 'drives like the proper motor car it is' and it looks much better than its half-century age would lead you to expect.