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Lot 232: 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Coud III

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

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 recognizable by the provision of paired headlamp mountings, and shortening of the radiator grille. This particular example on offer is most attractively finished in maroon over silver with a black leather interior. Creature comforts such as electric windows enhance the sense of luxury only Rolls Royce can offer, complemented by power assisted steering and the automatic gearbox. Having had only three owners from new of which the third and last owner has looked after the car for some 20 years, everything seems to work as it should with the smooth V8 propelling the big car amazingly swiftly. The mileage of under 90,000 miles is believed to be correct and is supported by various MOTs, going back to the early 1980's. A thick file of invoices from the 1960's onwards further confirm how well this car has been looked after. It is even supplied with the original Rolls-Royce Guarantee from 1964 (albeit expired by now). An imposing car offering many more years of motoring pleasure in style.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number232
Estimate£18000-£22000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£18000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1964
Condition rating
Registration numberJRF 77
Mileage-
Chassis numberSFU39
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors