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Bentley S3 (1962-65)

February 11th, 2010 by Rolph · No Comments

When you spot an old Bentley, you have to take some pictures of it. Sure, the weather is grey and wet, obviously the car isn’t parked in the best spot to take pictures, and hey… let’s snap away with my crummy cameraphone! Unfortunately, the nice Canon Eos 40D is in the shop, so what are the alternatives šŸ™ Anyway, we have ourselves a S3 Bentley and I quite like it. And how nice to see a car like this not used as a wedding car, but still in use as a commuter’s car!

The last Bentley to be built on a separate chassis, the S3 was really no more than a facelifted S2. Bentleys were now becoming the poor relative in the Rolls-Royce family, bodies and engines were no different from the Rolls-Royce versions. In comparison to the S2, there were minor differences; most were aesthetics appearing near the front of the vehicle. The front panels had been restyled, twin headlamps had been fitted, and a smaller bumper was used. The interior’s split bench seat was now replaced by individual seats.

The S3s interior now had individual front seats in place of the split bench seat found in the S1/S2, most cars had air conditioning, electric windows and front seat belts. The S3 was the final iteration of the S-Series. It was replaced by the T-Type, a derivative of the Rolls-Royce Shadow. During the 1970s many S-Types were converted to “Rolls-Royces”, due to their perceived added status.

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