Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder, June 19th – 21st , 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 2nd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information. A cousin of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the Bentley S2 was introduced in September 1959 at the London Motor Show. While retaining the basic body and chassis design of its predecessor the S1, the new S2 replaced the F-head inline six-cylinder engine of the S1 with an all-new and more powerful overhead-valve aluminium V-8 engine. While Rolls-Royce, Bentley’s parent firm, had long disdained the publication of horsepower ratings, the new V-8 engine was estimated to develop over 200 brake horsepower and, due also to lower weight, made both the Silver Cloud II and S2 faster and quicker than their immediate predecessors. Remarkably, this basic V-8 engine design would continue in use for nearly 40 years until the 1998 introduction of the Arnage. The S2 also introduced standard power-assisted steering gear and it shared the GM-derived Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic gearbox with the Silver Cloud II. A manual gearbox was no longer available. Production of the S2 commenced in late 1959 and continued into 1962, when it was succeeded, logically enough, by the S3. Launched in 1962, the Bentley S3 and its Rolls-Royce equivalent, the Silver Cloud III, employed the 6.2-litre aluminium alloy V8 engine introduced on the S2, though with larger carburettors, a new distributor, raised compression ratio, and came with a four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Most obvious changes from the S2 were the adoption of a four-headlamp arrangement, the absence of side-lights from the wing tops, and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside, there was revised accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. Just 1,286 examples were produced, plus 310 Continental-spec cars and 32 long-wheelbase limousines. Long regarded as one of the finest automobiles ever produced, the Bentley S3 continues to enjoy strong demand from collectors and committed marque enthusiasts today. Numbered B40EC, this 1963 Bentley S3 Saloon is an original right-hand drive example and it has enjoyed long-term ownership in Arizona’s dry climate. Retaining its matching numbers 6.2-liter aluminum-alloy V-8 engine, B40EC remains a highly desirable rust-free example. It was restored approximately 12 years ago by Auto Crafters of Tempe, Arizona and both the paint and interior show very well today, with the S3 clearly benefiting from proper care and remaining a truly wonderful example of one of the finest and best-regarded Bentley models of the postwar era.