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Lot 332: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coup�

Bonhams at the R-REC Annual Rally, Bonhams (18 June 2011)

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 coup�, 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 in 1959 on the Bentley S2 Continental 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 right-hand drive Silver Cloud III coup� appeared on the Rolls-Royce stand at the 1965 Paris Motor Show and in 1967 was exported to the USA. Re-imported into the UK in 1979, it had enjoyed a further three owners in this country before being acquired by Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music lead guitarist, record producer and owner of Gallery Studios in West London. In 1998 the car was sold to Straight Eight and restored by unknown specialists over the course of the next six years, returning to the road in 2004. Finished in red with magnolia leather interior, '6 DNX' is described by the vendor as in generally good condition and offered with sundry invoices, copy chassis cards, current rod fund licence, MoT to June 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Bonhams at the R-REC Annual Rally
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number332
Estimate£30000-£35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£38000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£43300
Year1965
Condition rating0
Registration number6 DNX
Mileage-
Chassis numberCSC87B
Engine numberB43CS
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2