‘The latest Bentley model offers a degree of safety, comfort and performance that is beyond the experience and perhaps even the imagination of the majority of the world’s motorists.’- Autocar 1964.
The Bentley Continental was, of course, exclusively a coachbuilt car, the firms of H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young all offering bodies on the Continental S2 chassis, which differed from the standard version by virtue of its four-leading-shoe front brakes, shorter radiator and, up to chassis number ‘BC99BY’, higher gearing. By far the most striking of the S2 Continentals were those bodied by Rolls-Royce’s in-house coachbuilder Park Ward, and this design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, would continue on the Continental S3. Quad headlamps were the S3’s major styling innovation, and on the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied Continental were contained in slanting nacelles, giving rise to this model’s ‘Chinese Eye’ sobriquet. Headlamps aside, the most significant change was to the S3’s engine, which boasted an increased compression ratio and larger carburettors, modifications that raised peak power by some 7%.
This delightful right hand drive Chinese eye is one of a mere 75 S3 Continentals bodied by H J Mulliner, Park Ward. The car was delivered new in 1964 and fitted with a period and highly desirable Webasto sunroof .
Finished and painted in the stunning shade of Seashells blue with a wonderful claret interior- both the wood and sumptuous leather are described to be in very good condition. Mechanically the car runs very well indeed, with a tight and taut feel. Offered with EU taxes paid , these Chinese eye variants are arguably the most desirable of S3’s produced .
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