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Car of the Month - August 2004
Bentley S3, 1964, #B246LEC
Standard Steel Sports Saloon

Bentley S3

The park of Government House in Victoria B.C., Canada, was the location where the photos were taken that are shown here; plus one from a yacht harbour near that place. However this is no Bentley S3 that originally had been delivered to Canada. This car car was exported to the USA. That is fairly remarkable because in the US-market the lion’s share of orders were for the sister model Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III; only those few who did prefer the marque with the Winged B radiator mascot decided on a Bentley S3.

Bentley S3

Over the years this car has collected a mileage of only slightly more than 40,000 miles (ca. 64,000 km). A detailed service history does allow to state that all maintenance work was executed as per schedule. It is fair guess that 25,000 US$ which were spent between October 2001 and March 2002 on a complete overhaul of this car were an investment based on the idea to return her to virtually “as new condition”. Though during that action no amount needed to be spent on a new piece of soap. Such one was found untouched in the “vanity cabinet”, an extra built into the rear of the driver’s seat backrest. At the place that is usually occupied by a picnic table, #B264LEC houses a vanity set comprising of comb, hairbrush, adjustable mirror, etc. – including just that piece of soap in a small box...

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Bentley S3

The bootlid of cars exported to North America sported a peculiar registration fixing, tailored to suit the rather small sized number plates. This item is not to be found on #B264LEC but instead the broad chrome plated number plate holder that was designed for other export countries – and the home market, of course.

Bentley S3

The classical lines of the body are enhanced by the dark paintwork, the tyres with small whitewalls adding a nice touch. This Bentley S3 is showing all the charme, that ensured the manufacturer to proceed with this model series well into the 60ies.

Bentley S3

(Photos Courtesy of Karl Bittner, Canada)

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