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James Young Bentley S3 Continental 4-door Sports Saloon
James Young Bentley S3 Continental 4-door Sports Saloon
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The Bentley S3 was produced by Bentley from 1962 until 1965 as the sister car of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. The standard S3 looked very similar to the S2. The most-visible difference was a new turn indicator light in the nose rather than on the side, along with a four-headlamp layout, a lower bonnet line and an altered grille.

An S3 Continental was also built, most of them coachbuilt by H. J. Mulliner & Co. Like earlier Continentals, the sportier S3 "fast back" bodywork was manufactured entirely from aluminium, unlike the heavier, steel bodied standard saloon. This, combined with higher gearing and the better compression ratios made for a markedly faster car.

Four-doored Continentals bodied by H. J. Mulliner were known as the "Flying Spur", although four-door Continentals by other coachbuilders, like the one from James Young, are sometimes erroneously referred to as "Flying Spurs" as well. Despite being highly desirable, the considerably more expensive Continentals were produced in much smaller numbers than the standard S3 saloon, which outsold it by a factor of four.

As in true coachbuilding tradition, many design variations were possible on the same theme. Those who could afford such cars were limited only by their imagination, particularly regarding interior furnishings and custom touches. Most of the Bentley S3s were bodied by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward, but James Young of Bromley also decided to produce bespoke coachwork for the S3 Continental.

This four door Continental sporting saloon was very similar in design to the H.J. Mulliner "four light", but the James Young design was smoother and more subtly curvaceous than the Mulliner version. The doors and wings were more rounded in profile with greater "tumblehome" and the boot line curved distinctly downwards in comparison to the more rectangular boot of the Mulliner Flying Spur. 


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