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Lot 192: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Convertible

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was introduced in 1963 featuring a series of upgrades to the earlier Silver Cloud II. External dimensions were slightly tweaked, the interior was remodelled and improvements were made to the engine which included fitting larger 2 inch SU carburettors and increasing the compression ratio to 9:1 to take advantage of the higher octane levels of premium fuel in major markets. The resulting increased power, combined with a weight reduction of around 100kg, boosted speed and performance slightly.

The biggest visible change was that headlights were now grouped in a four-headlamp layout which was subsequently carried over to the Silver Shadow. Other external changes included a slightly increased slope of the bonnet to correspond with a 1� inch reduction in the height of the radiator-grill.

Perhaps the most desirable coachbuilt Silver Cloud was the 'Mulliner Adaptation'. These cars, taken straight from the Standard Steel production line, were then passed to Coachbuilder H J Mulliner who removed the roof and made them into a two door convertible.

LSDW513 is a particularly desirable motor car as it has been in the same single ownership for over 40 years. Purchased around 1970 in Germany, this is a rare original left hand drive Rolls-Royce built for the European market. Having covered only around 18,000km when purchased, this car was then sparingly used as it was kept at the owner's London home for around 15 years and then brought to his property in Connecticut for around 20 years.

Approximately 8 years ago the car was sent to a renowned restoration company in the English West Country where, having been so sparingly used over its lifetime, it was treated to a comprehensive restoration from the ground up. Every detail was attended to including decorative wood and brightwork and as a result it is now absolutely resplendent and in pristine, like-new, condition having covered only a token mileage since restoration.

The desirable specification of this convertible Rolls-Royce includes power steering, a power hood and an automatic transmission. The unmarked paintwork is delightfully presented in dark blue over grey with a supremely comfortable grey leather interior.

The Silver Cloud III convertible is amongst the most desirable post-war Rolls-Royces and this is among the finest examples available anywhere today and is absolutely unrepeatable.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number192
Estimate£120000-£150000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£179880
Year1964
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberLSDW 513
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2