<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950

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Lot 104
Elegant and timeless Rolls-Royce motorcar
1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON

Sold for US$ 22,000 inc. premium
1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON
Chassis no. SGT 61
Engine no. P 4950

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
*Offered in driver quality condition
*Attractive color combination
*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 driver quality example of Rolls Royce's legendary Silver Cloud has seen regular use by its California enthusiast owner. This right-hand drive model was imported from England just prior to its current ownership. Finished in an attractive dark burgundy over grey leather with black piping. The rich woodwork is in fine order and the interior presents nicely. Fitted with both a practical Webasto sun roof and a factory air conditioning system making it a pleasant machine for the Southern California climate. Its present owner reports that this Rolls has been a reliable and enjoyable machine.

This Cloud has long been the part of a fine collection of motor cars and resides in a garage with several fine examples of the marque. A marvel of engineering and refinement in its day the Silver Cloud III remains a highly usable car in today's driving conditions. This well-loved example is in a condition that one can enjoy and appreciate the refinement without being overly concerned with a perfect example.

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  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under model year 1964.
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<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
<b>1963 Rolls-Royce SILVER CLOUD III SALOON</b><br />Chassis no. SGT 61<br />Engine no. P 4950
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