1962 Bentley S3 Continental Six Light Flying Spur by H.H.Mulliner

Car History

1962 saw the introduction of the S3 variant of the factory bodied standard steel saloon and at first glance it would appear that the all new S3 was merely an S2 with different headlamps. The introduction of the twin headlamps was clearly the most obvious change, but the differences did not end there. Further changes included the introduction of smaller bumper over riders and the repositioning of the front indicators and side lamps into one single unit on the front wing, resulting in an arguably more attractive appearance. Mechanically speaking the S3 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 making it almost identical in mechanical specification to the S3 Continental that was being produced at the same time. Production of the Flying Spur type design was continued onto the S3 Continental chassis and badged as a Mulliner/Park Ward design following the amalgamation of the two companies, although strictly speaking this was always an H.J.Mulliner design.

Chassis No BC18XA was the very first right hand drive example of the sixty six produced, built to Design No 2011. It was originally finished in October of 1962 in regal red with a beige leather interior and it was retained by the Jack Barclay showroom until 1965 as their demonstrator. In July of 1965 it was supplied to its first private owner, R.S.Mead of Maidenhead in Berkshire who retained the car until July 1967 when it was sold to C.H.Gardiner of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.


S3 Continental
Body Type
Six Light Flying Spur
Gunmetal Grey
Light Grey Leather


Technical Data

Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration engine, 6.2litres displacement, 6230cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.

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