1963 Bentley S3 Continental250.000-350.000 EUR - Estimate

1963  Bentley  S3 Continental Flying Spur

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Swedish title
Chassis no. BC44LXA
Engine no. 22ABC

- Well-documented history
- Recently repainted by English Automotive
- Magnificent original interior
- One of the 18 LHD models ever built

Reference Number 618258

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
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Car 1963 Bentley S3 Continental
VIN BC44LXA 
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Known History

The third left-hand drive Flying Spur produced, this car was ordered new by Stephanie Busch, who lived in Pasadena (Los Angeles), where the beer baron Adolphus Busch had settled at the end of the 19th century. Finished in Burgundy with gold coach lines and a red leather interior, it was ordered with some special features, including an electric aerial, whitewall tyres, a special horn, wool carpets, electric windows and tinted glass. Although built in 1962, it was delivered in 1963, which explains the date of its first registration.

After the death of Max Busch, the car was sold to L. Bennett, who kept it for five years, before selling it to J. Klein. In 1989, the car returned to Europe, where it was bought by a Swedish enthusiast, from whom a collector, who was also Swedish, acquired it. In 2008, it changed hands and was then purchased by its current owner, a European collector who was looking for this very rare model.

He wanted the car to be exactly to his taste and therefore had the colour changed by English Automotive (formerly Peter Fisher), as part of a programme of work amounting to some €50,000. The colour he chose, “Shell Grey”, was part of Bentley's range in period and goes perfectly with the lavish original burgundy upholstery. More recently, service work costing more than £15,000 has been carried out, and since then the car has covered less than 500 km.

Of the 87 Continental Flying Spurs built, only 18 had left-hand drive. Its comprehensive history, magnificent condition, equipment and specification undoubtedly make this one of the most interesting S3 Continental Flying Spurs in existence.

 

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