Lot 242: 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Long Wheel Base
To many connoisseurs the Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars of the Fifties and early Sixties were the last cars displaying the traditional craftsmanship for which Rolls-Royce had become world-famous. Their separate chassis allowed an uncommon elegance of coachwork design, either by the Crewe factory itself or by independent coachbuilders such as H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young; the unitary construction of body and chassis of all subsequent models all but ended such a traditional association. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S series, announced in April 1955, employed such a chassis, to which was mounted Standard Steel coachwork. Incorporating coil spring/wishbone front suspension with semi-elliptic rear springs and a single radius arm to locate the live rear axle, it also featured centralised lubrication and all round drum brakes. Power was provided by the 4,887cc straight six engine of the Bentley R Type Continental producing an estimated 158bhp; notably for the first time Rolls-Royce and Bentley models shared the same state of tune which, via the four-speed automatic transmission, allowed a top speed of 100mph. The evolution Silver Cloud II and S2 models of 1959 used Rolls' new light alloy V8 engine but otherwise differed from their predecessors only in having a long life chassis lubrication system, standard power steering, increased front braking effort, a reduction in rear roll stiffness, a new ventilation system and a revised facia. With a capacity of 6,230cc the V8 was also notably lighter and produced around 200bhp. For the Silver Cloud III/S3 models introduced in October 1962, quickly distinguishable by four headlamps, the specification remained unchanged bar another increase of around 20bhp which lifted top speed to 115mph. This immaculate right hand drive Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, often referred to as the 'Baby Phantom' is a rare long wheelbase chassis fitted with division. Regarded by many as the most stylish of the post war Rolls Royce saloon / limousines it more than matches any modern luxury car at a fraction of their cost. The elegant silver over black coloured coach work clothes the superb 6.2 litre V8 engine, while the original dark red leather interior has mellowed well with the newly fitted red carpets. The interior also has the added feature of a mini bar. The owner informs us that the car is rust free and that it drives and performs like a Rolls Royce should. Moreover the vehicle has recently passed a new German TV test which is now valid to Dec. 2007 and has also received the German H ( historical ) plates enabling it to drive with much reduced road fund taxes in Germany.
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