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Lot 691: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Two-Door Saloon

Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (1 December 2008)

'The size and grandeur of the car& deceive one about the performance which would do justice to many a car of more sporting pretensions. The finish, both in detail and the broader sense of equipment and trim, is superb.' - Motor magazine on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. As well as the factory-bodied cars, bespoke creations from James Young and the recently merged firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (by this time Rolls-Royce-owned) continued to be available on the 'Cloud III chassis for those discerning enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford them. Indeed, as the factory did not offer a convertible or drophead coupé, a coachbuilt car was the only option if one's preference was Rolls-Royce-style fresh air motoring. First introduced in 1958, H J Mulliner's was the most successful of its type, lasting into 1963; more modern 'straight-through wing' designs became the preferred style thereafter. Of the latter, by far the most striking were those bodied in a style originated by Park Ward. This design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, first appeared, on the Bentley S2 Continental, in 1959 but did not become available on non-Continental models (both Bentley and Rolls-Royce) until after the arrival of the Silver Cloud III and S3 in 1962. These 'Chinese Eye' models - so called because of their slanting headlamp nacelles - constituted the majority of coachbuilt variants completed between 1962 and 1966. This wonderful 'Chinese Eye' Silver Cloud III benefits from a £70,000 restoration carried out circa 2006 by Ferrari/Maserati main agents Joe Macari Servicing in Wandsworth, London SW18. Chassis number 'SJR599C' was built to the order of Mrs F H Bourner, of Rockshaw House, Warwickswold, Surrey and delivered via H R Owen of London W1. Accompanying copy chassis cards record that its specification included electric windows, Hirschmann electric aerial, extra loudspeaker to the rear, reading lamp, rev counter and a fixed Triplex glass roof panel over the front seats. The current owner purchased the Rolls at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in June 2007 (Lot 407) and since then has had the engine bay detailed, bringing the car to an even higher standard of presentation. Finished in Masons' Black with Wildberry interior, this lovely coachbuilt Rolls-Royce car is presented in excellent condition throughout and offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeCar
Lot Number691
Estimate£45000-£55000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1965
Condition rating0
Registration numberKYY 802C
Mileage-
Chassis numberSJR599C
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2