Lot 219: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur
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. The H.J Mulliner Flying Spur H.J Mulliners gave this model design the name "Flying Spur" which is well documented as the heraldic symbol of the Johnstone Clan in Scotland. The "Flying Spur" was awarded to the Johnstone clan for their help in allowing Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape on horseback. Always considered to be one of the finest post-war coachbuilt designs ever conceived, the Mulliner Flying Spur has a style and timeless elegance that has placed it amongst the most attractive motorcar designs in the last 100 years, a definitive motor car in every respect. LSEV119 has only had two owners from new and is the first chassis number in the Flying Spur series and was exhibited at the 1963 Earls Court Motor Show in London on the Rolls-Royce stand. Additional records displayed in the history file show this Flying Spur was shipped on the "Villanger in late 1963 and delivered new to Mrs. Katherine Williams of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, who enjoyed the car's comfort for many decades to come. This important post-war Rolls-Royce is supplied with copies of the original build sheet and a documentation of the comprehensive frame-off restoration carried out in 2004. At that time also the interior was upholstered with new cherry-red leather and sumptuous matching Wilton carpets. Finished in a stunning shade of silver, this important four-door saloon comes complete with factory air conditioning. The silver Cloud III Flying Spur represents a desirable and more refined example of the post war coach built Rolls-Royce models. Being one of only nine left hand drive Flying Spurs ever built and with undeniable provenance, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a car that has effortlessly contributed to the reputation of the Rolls-Royce marque. In recent years it formed part of an exclusive private collection of Rolls-Royces in Monaco.
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