1962 Bentley S3 Continental275.000-375.000 EUR - Estimate

1962  Bentley  S3 Continental cabriolet Park Ward

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Belgian title
Chassis no. BC8LXA

- Bought new by Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor
- One of the 26 LHD convertibles
- High-quality restoration

Reference Number 618227

as of 7/6/2020

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Hôtel Hermitage Square Beaumarchais  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Monte-Carlo
98000 Monte-Carlo  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
Monaco  Mobile    Country  Monaco Monaco
Overview
Car 1962 Bentley S3 Continental
VIN BC8LXA 
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Known History

One of the most notable characteristics of this car is that it was bought new by Eddie Fisher, who was married at the time to Elizabeth Taylor! It is easy to imagine this impossibly glamorous couple cruising the streets of Los Angeles and, especially, Las Vegas, between the casinos sparking away in the starlit night. Fisher was an extremely popular actor and singer who had sold millions of records, and Elizabeth Taylor turned the hearts of everyone who met her. The talented actress had married Fisher after the death of her previous husband, Michael Wilding, and left him in 1964 for Richard Burton, whom she married twice. Criticizing Fisher for spending his time at the casino, she asked him to buy a ranch to keep her busy when he was away.

Of the total of 312 Bentley S3 Continentals built, there were only 26 left-hand drive drophead coupés like the one we are presenting. After being shipped from London to San Francisco, it was delivered new in Las Vegas in October 1962. Fitted with a large number of factory options, including an electric hood and windows, as well as tinted glass, it was finished at the time in “Porcelain White“ with a blue hood and matching interior. Having spent most of its life on the West Coast of the United States and in Nevada, it has benefited from the very dry climate, which has helped preserve it.

 

In June 2009, this magnificent convertible returned to Europe and was bought by M. A. Oet. It was then restored to a very high standard in the UK. Its next owner, a major Belgian collector, including a Porsche 917 in his collection, who had the car regularly maintained by Bentley Bourgoo at Knokke-le-Zoute. The car was purchased by its current owner in 2017.

The S3 Continental followed in the tradition of the first Continental R from 1952, the fastest four-seat coupé in the world, which had a top speed of 190 kph. With the changes that followed, the model lost some of its sportiness but none of its exclusivity. Its performance remained exceptional for the period, and the S3 saw the introduction of a 6.2-litre V8 providing greater flexibility, power and driving comfort. Power steering and a four-speed automatic transmission made the car easier to drive. The rarest versions are those with bodywork by Park Ward and the very distinctive style of this car, with its four slanted headlamps, known as “Chinese Eyes”, adds to its appeal.

In impeccable condition and offering exceptional luxury and comfort, it will be supplied with a folder of invoices, its books and tools.

 

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