1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. LSCX725
"The size and grandeur of the car... deceive one about the performance which would do justice to many a car of more sporting pretensions. The finish, both in detail and the broader sense of equipment and trim, is superb." - Motor magazine on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III.
Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2-liter aluminum-alloy 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 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as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III remained in production until superseded by the unitary-construction Silver Shadow in late 1965.
As well as the factory-bodied cars, bespoke creations from James Young and the merged firm of H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (now Rolls-Royce-owned) continued to be available on the Cloud III chassis for those discerning enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford them. Indeed, as the factory did not offer a convertible or drophead coupé, a coachbuilt car was the only option if one's preference was Rolls-Royce-style fresh air motoring.
Dating from the penultimate year of production, LSCX725 was ordered new by Mrs Frances Louise Wiesenberger of Pound Ridge, New York through J.S. Inskip's Rolls-Royce dealer. Originally a saloon finished in two-tone Midnight Blue over Metal Grey with a Dark Blue leather interior, the sedan was built to American specifications but collected in the United Kingdom by Mrs Wiesenberger and enjoyed for a week before heading state-side.
Later in life the Rolls was professionally converted to an H.J. Mulliner-spec Drophead Coupé. Finished in Midnight Blue and now trimmed with grey hides, it beautifully replicates the handsome design of the original cars. As all of the original cars were simply coachbuilt conversions from four-door sedans into two-door convertibles, cars such as these are in many ways exactly like their brethren save for the date of modification.
Reported to be a lovely car to drive, these big Rollers are excellent for tours or trips to the local eatery. A stately droptop that was purchased by the rich and famous and the likes of which Rolls-Royce is best rememberedhere is a chance to own a Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupé that is just as nice as the ones built in period for a greatly reduced price.