Lot 205: 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Left Hand Drive
At the end of the 1950s, the Rolls-Royce six-cylinder engine was at the limit of its development, and though top speed was still excellent the acceleration was becoming modest when compared to the American luxury competition. Rolls-Royce had been developing a V8 engine for some years, and finally introduced it in the autumn of 1959. The new unit was all-aluminium and featured steel wet liners, whilst displacement went up to 6230 c.c. Thanks to this, the top speed of the Cloud, renamed the Cloud II in this guise, jumped to 113 m.p.h. Acceleration was improved as well, with the 0-60 m.p.h. time of 14.2 for the Cloud II's predecessor being reduced to 10.9 seconds, a very noteworthy achievement. The Cloud III model introduced a further up-rated engine with larger SU carburettors, and a higher compression ratio yielding an additional 15 b.h.p. There was also more power assistance for the steering. Externally the model was readily recognisable by the provision of paired headlamp mountings, and a shortening of the radiator grille. Originating from Michigan in the United States of America, this rare 1964 left hand drive Silver Cloud III has had all EEC import duties paid and comes complete with USA title. Finished in an original Rolls-Royce colour scheme of a duo tone of blue with white wall tyres, the overall finish is described as excellent. Mechanically, the engine has received special attention benefiting from much service work in 2004. Fitted with power steering, air conditioning and the original radio, the car is described as being in excellent order throughout.
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