Lot 041: 1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III
Final evolution of the Rolls-Royce Cloud Series, the Cloud III was launched in late 1962. Still sporting a silhouette made famous by its predecessors, it was distinguished by quad front headlamps and a lower bonnet line. Corresponding sleeker front wings sported indicator units frenched into their leading edges, while the imposing front and rear chrome bumpers wore more modest over-riders. Internally, the driver and front seat passenger gained separate chairs. Those in the rear benefited too, courtesy of a more upright back to their bench seat and narrower side bolsters. Mechanically, the independent coil and wishbone front suspension and hypoid bevel rear axle were retained along with all round drum brakes, power assisted steering and four speed automatic transmission. Though, to capitalise on the new model's smaller frontal area, the 6230cc V8 engine gained more power via a carburettor modification and higher compression ratio. Thus, the Cloud III claimed both a higher top speed and better acceleration than its predecessor at 116mph and 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds respectively. Finished in silver grey with cream leather upholstery, this particular example is thought to have not ventured onto UK roads since departing for America some twenty-three years ago. Returning to these shores only recently, 'DMY 393A' is described by the vendor as a "solid car" that nevertheless "needs recommissioning". Showing an unwarranted 66,000 miles on its odometer, the four-door saloon boasts a "clean and tidy" interior complete with electric windows and rear picnic tables. A potentially rewarding project for the intrepid amateur or experienced professional, this elegant Cloud III is worthy of a good home.
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire
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