For those who are unfamiliar, the Bentley S3 and the Silver Cloud III were absolutely identical with both vehicles hand built at the Rolls Royce factory in Crewe, England with the only differences being their nameplates, radiator and mascots. In the 1970’s a few Bentley S3’s were imported from England to the U.S. and converted to Rolls Royce Silver Cloud ‘clones’; with the Silver Cloud III radiator, mascot and nameplates; as the Bentley was not as appreciated or as coveted at the time as it’s identical cousin the Rolls Royce, making these all original Bentley’s all the more rare and desirable than their cousins! This particular example is mostly all original which is extraordinarly rare, with the car having been imported to the U.S. in the seventies. It still boasts it’s all original Beige color ‘Connolly’ leather front and rear hides which show only very minor signs of wear for their age, showing quite obvious pride and care of ownership, with a beautiful original patina that we have chosen not to dye in the interests of keeping the car’s rare originality. Obviously these all original hides could easily be dyed at minimal cost if the new owner preferred but our preference as purists is to keep the car’s originality as it is such a rare find. The rest of the interior including the carpets, wool headliner, door panels, window posts and kick panels, chrome, paint, the African burled walnut wood, seals, rubbers etc are all in superb condition throughout! With decades of pride of ownership and professional specialist maintenance mechanically by its renown collector owner, this cherished and obviously always garaged car has no rust or history of any accidents. The original floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust free! The car was originally sold at the renown ‘Mann Egerton’ Rolls Royce dealership of Berkeley Street, London in 1965 and later acquired by ‘M.V. Yorke Motors’ another Rolls Royce dealership of central London, England before being exported to the USA and ultimately ti become one of the most cherished cars of the legendary ‘Tom McDonald’ collection. The beautiful color combination of the car’s original ‘Masons Black over Cream’ two-tone factory color exterior paint complete with hand painted pin stripes is absolutely stunning and still quite pristine. The car’s full and all original ‘Connolly’ light beige leather interior, which was exclusively used in Rolls Royce and Bentley’s and came from unfenced cows which produced unblemished hides, has only very minor signs of wear and all the chrome work, including the front Rolls Royce grille and the front and rear bumpers, is absolutely outstanding. The car has it’s original spare wheel and original jack, factory tools and heavy tools; electric inspection lamp and charging plug, pressure gauge and tire pump are still located in their rightful place of storage in the trunk compartment. An obviously always garaged example and owned by obviously only very careful and meticulous owner’s driver’s/collectors for over fifty years.
Torrance, California, United States