1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B
Lot 243
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd.
Sold for £67,580 (US$ 87,485) inc. premium

Lot Details
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé  Chassis no. CSC65B
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupé
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd.

Registration no. DXJ 519C
Chassis no. CSC65B
*Rare coachbuilt model
*Present ownership since 2013
*Offered from a private collection
*Professionally stored and maintained

Footnotes

  • '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-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 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.

    As well as the factory-bodied cars, bespoke creations from James Young and the recently merged firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (by this time 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. First introduced in 1958, H J Mulliner's was the most successful of its type, lasting into 1963; more modern 'straight-through wing' designs became the preferred style thereafter. Of the latter, by far the most striking were those bodied in a style originated by Park Ward. This design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, first appeared, on the Bentley S2 Continental, in 1959 but did not become available on non-Continental models (both Bentley and Rolls-Royce) until after the arrival of the Silver Cloud III and S3 in 1962. These 'Chinese Eye' models - so called because of their slanting headlamp nacelles - constituted the majority of coachbuilt variants completed between 1962 and 1966.

    Finished in regal red with black leather interior, this previously restored 'Chinese Eye' Silver Cloud III spent many years in a private collection of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, being the then owner's preferred means of transport. The current vendor purchased the car from Classic Automobiles Ltd, London in 2013, since when it has formed part of his private collection, seeing relatively little use. There are bills on file for servicing work carried out by H R Owen, and the car also comes with current MoT and a V5C Registration certificate. Professionally stored and maintained, this beautiful Silver Cloud is perfect for Continental touring in matchless style and is ready to use and enjoy.
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