1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  Saloon SCX485
Lot 278
1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon SCX485
Sold for €39,100 (US$ 49,535) inc. premium

Lot Details
1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
Chassis no. SCX485
“The Silver Cloud III is a car which sets out to do a job, and does it to near perfection. Conservative in approach to a degree which some critics call old-fashioned, it is nevertheless a vehicle which impresses uniquely by its refinement and quality of construction. Furthermore - and this is what most interested us - it is a machine that responds as much to the sporting driver as to the kid-gloved chauffeur.” - Sporting Motorist, 1964.

Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. The V8 was, of course, the predominant power unit in Rolls-Royce’s most important export market - the USA - so it was only natural that the Crewe firm would study the best American designs for inspiration. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their ’Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though the duo’s performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. Although wider and shorter than the ‘six’ it replaced, the new power unit fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, re-location of the steering box from inside to outside of the chassis frame being the most obvious alteration to the previous arrangements. Externally the new models appeared virtually unchanged, while beneath the skin Rolls-Royce’s own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one on offer and power steering was standardised.

Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2-litre V8 engine introduced on the ’Cloud II/S2 - though with larger carburettors, new distributor and raised compression ratio - and came with a four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Most obvious among many changes from the preceding models were the adoption of four-headlamp lighting, the absence of sidelights from the wing tops, and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside there was improved accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. Notable as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III proved immensely successful both at home and abroad, remaining in production until the autumn of 1965.

The vendor acquired this right-hand drive Silver Cloud III for his private collection in 1995. Finished in two-tone grey with matching Connolly hide interior, the latter featuring rear picnic tables, this accident-free car is offered with its original tool kit and valid Monaco (historic) registration papers.

Le vendeur a acquis cette Silver Cloud III pour sa collection en 1995. Présentée ici en deux teintes de gris avec un intérieur en cuir Connolly de la même couleur, cette voiture est équippée des tablettes à l’arrière. Cette Rolls-Royce qui n’a jamais été accidentée sera livrée avec ses outils et ses documents d’immatriculation historique monégasques.

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  • Please be advised that the tool kit is missing.
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