In the current ownership since 1976
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
Chassis no. LSKP203
Engine no. SP101K
6,230cc OHV V8 engine
Twin sidedraft SU carburetors
220bhp at 4,500rpm
Four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
Independent front suspension with coil-springs and live rear axle
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-In the present ownership since 1976
-Ordered new in Geneva
-Long-term East Coast car
-Unique two-tone color scheme
The Silver Cloud III
Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its ageing 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 - principally those of Chrysler and Cadillac - 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 aluminum-alloy V8 engine. 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 standardized.
Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2-liter V8 engine introduced on the 'Cloud II/S2 - though with larger carburetors, new distributor and raised compression ratio - and came with a four-speed GM-derived automatic transmission as standard equipment. Most obvious among many changes from the preceding models was 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 Motorcar Offered
LSKP 203 was ordered new in Geneva, Switzerland by one H.G. Yzerman. Sold by the still-in-operation S.A. Garage du l'Anthénée in Geneva and delivered on June 10th of 1965, the Rolls was originally trimmed in two-tone livery with a Shell Green roof and a Tudor Grey body and the interior was trimmed in tan hides. Air-freighted to Switzerland, it enjoying the first 11 years there until the vendor purchased the car from the Oldtimer Garage LTD in Berne in December of 1976an invoice included with the car listed the purchase price as $10,600. Upon receiving the car in the US, the decision was made to repaint the car in a more exciting color scheme. The car was repainted again to its current black and red scheme in 1989 by Bob Chromy at a cost of over $11,000. The interior was retrimmed in black leather at this time as well.
Maintained in good mechanical condition, the Cloud started on a dime and performed admirably during a brief test ride. Cosmetically the car has mellowed with age, but is still very presentable. Documented with records from Rolls-Royce, original purchase paperwork from 1976, images of the car prior to the current owner's acquisition, and a detailed record of the 1989 retrim, LSKP 203 is now ready to move on to its next keeper after 37 years of continuous ownership and enjoyment by the vendor.