Lot 33: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
Final evolution of the Rolls-Royce Cloud Series, the Cloud III was launched in late 1962. Still sporting a silhouette made famous by its predecessors, it was distinguished by quad front headlamps and a lower bonnet line. Corresponding sleeker front wings sported indicator units frenched into their leading edges, while the imposing front and rear chrome bumpers wore more modest over-riders. Internally, the driver and front seat passenger gained separate chairs. Those in the rear benefited too, courtesy of a more upright back to their bench seat and narrower side bolsters. Mechanically, the independent coil and wishbone front suspension and hypoid bevel rear axle were retained along with all round drum brakes, power assisted steering and four-speed automatic transmission. Though, to capitalise on the new model's smaller frontal area, the 6230cc V8 engine gained more power via a carburettor modification and higher compression ratio. Thus, the Cloud III claimed both a higher top speed and better acceleration than its predecessor at 116mph and 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds respectively.
Finished in Tudor Grey Metallic with Tan leather upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "good" (paintwork, interior trim), "very good" (bodywork, engine, electrical equipment) or "excellent" (automatic transmission) condition. Reportedly a 'matching numbers' car which retains its original number plate, the Cloud III's impressive specification includes a long-range European fuel tank, factory air-conditioning, power steering, electric windows, power brakes, recent whitewall tyres, all tools and rare Sundym glass all round. Understood to have benefited from a recent gearbox overhaul and thorough brake system refurbishment, 'EYT 638C' is said to "drive very well indeed". Riding on correct-type steel wheels, this imposing Rolls-Royce is offered for sale with copy chassis build cards, MOT certificate valid until March 2012 and historic class (free) road tax valid until September 2012.
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£29975|
|Engine capacity (cc)||6350|
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