21st Jun, 2023 13:00

The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection

  Lot 51


1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé

1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé
Coachwork by H J Mulliner & Co.
Registration Number: OLM 7
Chassis Number: BC120XA
Engine Number: 60 ABC

Launched in 1962, the Bentley S3 Continental was the final Rolls-Royce/Bentley model to be constructed with a separate chassis. The 6.2-Litre V8 engine was improved with a higher 9:1 compression ratio and larger SU carburettors, and produced a healthy 210hp. The coachwork, originally penned by Vilhelm Koren, continued the non-top front-to-rear waistline, but now featured twin paired headlamps and styled flashing indicators and side lamps.

First registered on 3 May 1963, OLM 7's first owner was Lady Margaret Howard, Countess of Suffolk, an American heiress. Reported to have had just five owners since, it has been in the current family ownership since 1975.

One of only ten cars to carry this body style - six right-hand drive and four left-hand drive - this is reputedly the last of the ten to survive. The build cards show that the car was supplied new with electric windows, parking and flashing lights, a 630T radio, India Super Speed tyres and a special driver's seat. A beautiful Negretti & Zambra Auto Altimeter takes pride of place on the dash.

Presented in 'Regal Red' with cream coachline and beige leather interior with matching carpets, the car has been fastidiously maintained by Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, P&A Wood, since 1969, and there are significant invoices for major works, including a full repaint in the original colours in 2010, within the history file. Invited by Bentley Motors to participate in the launch of the Bentley Arnage at Le Mans in 1998, the car is also mentioned in the book 'The History of P&A Wood, Attention to Detail' a copy of which is included in the sale.

With a recorded 105,222 miles at the time of cataloguing, believed to be original, the history file contains the original buff logbook and current V5C, along with copies of the build cards and numerous invoices from P&A Wood dating back many years.

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Sold for £200,000

Condition Report

This car has had a huge amount spent on it at P & A Wood and at Jonathan Wood, however the car is being sold by the executors of the estate and as such Sworders have provided an extended 5-day viewing period for purchasers to satisfy themselves as to condition.

The history file will be available during the viewing and on the day prior to the sale Mr Tanner's in-house mechanic will also be on hand to start the car.

The car is in good overall condition and the seats appear to be clean.




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Auction: The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection, 21st Jun, 2023


By order of the executors of Alex Tanner, we are delighted to present this fine single owner collection of pre-war classic and modern Bentleys, a Riley RMB and a US Army Dodge Troop Carrier, together with a collection of Automobilia, acquired over some 27 years by former Chairman of the Bentley Drivers Club.




Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 16 June, 10am - 4pm 

Saturday 17 June, 10am - 1pm 

Sunday 18 June, 10am - 1pm 

Monday 19 June, 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 20 June, 10am - 4pm  

Wednesday 21 June, 10am - 1pm

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The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE.

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