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Lot 161: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Continental Coupe

Automobiles of Arizona, RM Auctions (20 January 2011)

Est. 220 hp, 6,230 cc V-8 engine, dual SU carburetors, four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123"

- Just two owners from new, with single ownership for 36 years - Complete with full ownership history, books, tools and documentation - One of only 65 examples bodied by Mulliner Park Ward - A virtually impeccable cosmetic restoration

The Silver Cloud III, produced from late 1962 through October 1965, was the final Rolls-Royce model with separate body-and-chassis construction suitable for the finest custom coachbuilt bodywork. The rare alloy-bodied examples by Mulliner Park Ward remain among the most desirable of all postwar Rolls-Royce models. Out of total Silver Cloud III production of 2,809 chassis, 2,555 had the 123-inch wheelbase, and of those, just 328 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies, including the Mulliner Park Ward Design 2045 coupe offered here, one of only 65 produced. Its clean and elegant styling carries a particularly rakish profile with attractively angled wheel arches, straight-through fender lines, smooth slab sides and distinctively angled quad headlamps. When new, these magnificent automobiles carried a sizable price tag of $26,500, plus the cost of optional accessories.

Mechanical advancements for the Silver Cloud III included a compression increase to 9.0:1 for the aluminum block-and-head 6.2-liter V-8, enlarged carburetors and a corresponding output boost of some 20 estimated horsepower. The Silver Cloud III also had such standard features as a four-speed automatic gearbox, power-assisted brakes, a radio and a heater.

This original left-hand drive example, chassis LSFU255, was delivered new to Vincent P. Cronin of New York on April 5, 1965. According to the original build sheet, optional features included whitewall Firestone tires, electric window lifts, an emergency hand window winder, plain Sundym glass all around and a Radiomobile electric aerial with a T key.

In 1974, Mr. Will purchased the coupe and retained it for a remarkable 36 years. During his tenure, it was meticulously cared for, sparingly but regularly driven and correctly serviced. A recent cosmetic restoration has returned LSFU255 to its former glory, and during the course of this work, the interior was re-trimmed in grey leather hides with red piping, and a very functional air conditioning system was fitted, providing year-round comfort. The handsome alloy coachwork is unmarked, the panel fit is superb, and the long, smooth body sides are arrow-straight. Inside, only the smallest traces of use are visible on the seats, while the finely grained burled wood dash and door trim are flawless.

This Silver Cloud III is complete with the original paperwork listing the options specified, the original tools, the lubrication and maintenance guide and the original guarantee, as well as extensive service documentation spanning 1974-2010. Highly collectible, desirable and rare as one of the final coachbuilt Rolls-Royce models ever produced, LSFU255 epitomizes luxury in its most distinctive and refined form.

Lot Details
Auction Automobiles of Arizona
RM Auctions, Phoenix , Arizona
TypeCar
Lot Number161
Estimate$125000-$175000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)$104500
Year1965
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis numberLSFU255
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