<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157

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1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON

Sold for US$ 49,500 inc. premium
1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON
Chassis no. SFU 153
Engine no. S 2157

6,230cc OHV Alloy V8 Engine
2 SU Carburetors
220bhp (estimated)
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Elegant and timeless Rolls-Royce motorcar in beautiful condition
*Restored by The Frawley Company and Richard Mullin Coachbuilding, Ltd
*Offered with many copies of factory records and restoration receipts
*Exquisite Rolls-Royce craftsmanship


THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD

'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 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. Although wider and shorter than the 'six' it replaced, the new power unit fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, relocation 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 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

This fine Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was hand built at the works during 1963. The impressive history file accompanying the car, includes no less than 27 pages of factory records, from the initial chassis specification and built cards, to road test results and subsequent owner records, attesting to the impeccable record-keeping at Rolls-Royce and the RROC. Configured as a right-hand drive chassis, the new Cloud III received the Saloon coachwork from the factory, and was painted in two-tone Astral Blue and Shell Grey, while the luxurious interior was trimmed in Red with matching Maroon carpeting. The first owner is listed as W. Watson ltd in Liverpool for Mr. James Leonard Seed, Esq. Records indicate that the Silver Could III was owned by a Swansea, Wales based company in 1977, which it is believed to have been sold to by famed London-based Rolls-Royce and Bentley agency, Jack Barclay, Ltd.

By the 2000s, the Rolls-Royce had migrated to the US, where it was in the hands of Roanoke, VA-based enthusiast, Mr. Harry Davis. Between 2011 and 2013, Mr. Davis entrusted the motorcar with Parkesburg, PA-based Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist shop The Frawley Company, who carried out a cosmetic and mechanical restoration. Receipts on file can attest to paint, interior and mechanical refurbishments, adding up to more than $55,000. Further restoration work was performed on the Silver Cloud lll by noted Malvern, PA-based restorer Richard Mullin Coachbuilding, Ltd. With the exterior finished in the livery much as it appeared when new in 1963, this elegant motorcar looks stunning. The interior has been re-trimmed in Blue, and is both inviting and comfortable. The car has been owned by RROC enthusiasts, and received much care and maintenance over the years. The impressive history file deserves a close look, and a finer Silver Cloud III will be hard to find anywhere.
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<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
<B>1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</B><br />Chassis no. SFU 153<br />Engine no. S 2157
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