Lot 126: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coup�
6,230 cc OHV V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, internal expanding drum brakes with servo-assist, coil spring independent front suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers, semi-elliptic rear suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers controlled via a steering wheel switch. Wheelbase: 127"
- From the Hooper Corporate Collection - Rolls-Royce Foundation original build sheet documentation - Unique custom coachwork by Hooper
Rolls-Royce learned with its Silver Dawn model that its loyal customers were willing to accept standardised coachwork which was considerably less expensive than that provided by specialty coachbuilders. When the Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955, it, too, was offered as a standard steel saloon by Pressed Steel, albeit with some body panels in aluminium. However, the Silver Cloud still retained a conventional chassis, and thusly, nine percent of production still sported custom coachwork by specialty builders. Introduced with six-cylinder power in 1955, four years later it received a modern V-8 and was dubbed the Silver Cloud II. In 1962 came the final modification to Silver Cloud III status with the introduction of four headlights, a lowered front cowl and bonnet, and additional engine power, in addition to myriad detail refinements.
The editor of Motor Sport said of the Silver Cloud III, it cannot be too strongly emphasised that at three-figure speeds, to a maximum of 114mph, the quietness level remains virtually the same as it is at 30mph, so that the volume of the radio does not need to be increased. This is an extremely impressive factor which justifies the considerable cost of the Rolls-Royce. A total of 2,556 standard chassis Silver Cloud IIIs were produced along with an additional 254 long-wheelbase models when the final units left Crewe in 1966.
CCL65 began life as a right-hand drive long-wheelbase saloon with division when it was delivered from Rolls-Royce in April of 1964. It was converted to its current drophead coup� configuration by the craftsman at Hooper in the 1990s. No more than forty of these beautifully-built drophead coup�s were built to meticulous standards. Inside, the doors have been capped with hand-hammered stainless steel plates, and the paint and leatherwork have been described as just fabulous. The detailing is as fine as it gets, and the car has been meticulously maintained in the Hooper Corporate Collection. It is a stunningly elegant example of a bespoke Rolls-Royce.
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RM Auctions, Battersea Evolution London, United Kingdom
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£95200|
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