|Model :||Silver Cloud III|
|Coachbuilder :||Mulliner/Park Ward|
|Body Type :||Drophead Coupe|
|Trim :||Beige Leather|
|Condition :||Good condition|
|Technical Data :||Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration engine, 6.2 litres displacement, 6230cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.|
By late 1962 the success of the S Series Continental series Bentleys entered its third and final chapter, with the introduction of the S3 Continental. The major cosmetic change was the introduction of the twin headlight system, providing Bentley drivers with more illumination. Mechanically speaking the S3 Continental was very similar to the S2 Continental, but benefited from having larger carburettors fitted and an upgraded power steering system. The success of the Vilhelm Koren designed Bentley S2 Continental had pleased the powers that be at Park Ward and his design was adapted for the S3 Continental chassis, with the introduction of twin headlights. The coachwork did not lend itself happily to horizontal headlights so they were instead positioned on a slight slant, a design that has commonly become known as the Chinese Eye. More importantly for the first time this design was also offered in the form of a Rolls-Royce. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III models were mechanically identical to the Bentley S3 Continentals, with only the radiator, instrumentation and badging being changed. Chassis No SHS357C is one of just forty nine cars built in right hand drive to Design No 2045 on the Silver Cloud III chassis by Mulliner/Park Ward. It was originally completed in early 1965 and supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd to its first owner Mr W.E. Stromeyer of Kent. It was originally completed in sand with a beige leather interior, as it remains today. In more recent times SHS357C has been altered with wider chrome sill strips and a wooden cabinet in the front compartment which houses cocktail glasses and decanters. The striking motor car comes complete with small tools and has been mechanically prepared in our workshops to ensure reliability and correct performance.
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