1963 Rolls Royce  Silver Cloud III Saloon   Chassis no. SDW69 Engine no. S995

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1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
Chassis no. SDW69 Engine no. S995

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1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
Chassis no. SDW69
Engine no. S995
• Early example of the last separate-chassis Rolls-Royce
• One of 2,556 made
• Not driven for some considerable time
• For re-commissioning/restoration

* Please note that this motor car will be available for viewing by prior appointment in Switzerland.

Footnotes

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 aluminium-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 standardised.

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, by which time 2,556 had been made.

This Silver Cloud III is finished in grey with a nicely patinated beige leather interior. The car has not been driven for some considerable time and may be considered a restoration project. It will need a thorough check over and careful re-commissioning at the very least before returning to the road. Sold with an owner's handbook.

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