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Car of the Month - August 2010
Bentley S3 Continental
H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Two Door Saloon

Bentley S3 Continental

The styling by Norwegian-born Vilhelm Koren for convertibles on Bentley S2 Continental chassis was adapted to S3 Continental guise. On that model a significant alteration in outward appearance were paired headlamps incorporated into the design. The headlamps arranged in sloping pairs and a new unit combining traffic indicators and sidelights resulted in considerable modifications of the front wings. It is worth a note that this version was no longer offered as an open drive variant only but has been alternatively available with a fixed top, too. As per manufacturer’s parlance it was a ‘2-Door-Saloon’ – the term ‘Fixed Head Coupé’ was not used.

Bentley S3 Continental

The coachbuilder Park Ward had been acquired by the motor car manufacturer prior to World War II and Vilhelm Koren was a member of the design-team during the mid-50ies. However he had left the company and started in another professional career when the variant shown here was developed with Park Ward’s Design Number 2035. The coachwork was built by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward because the factory had taken over H.J. Mulliner, too, and by the early 60ies the combined firms’ coachbuilding activities were concentrated at one location .

Bentley S3 Continental

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Ignited by the request of a customer was to fit chrome side strip and that was considered to be so attractive it was subsequently adopted as standard.

Bentley S3 Continental

At some later stage it was decided to accentuate the wheelarches by mouldings as can be seen on the example of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, #LSJR605C. – Such is also evidence that this body wasn’t exclusive only to Bentley S3 Continental. A client had the choice to opt for coachwork to this design on a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III chassis, too.

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