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Lot 116: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

British Heritage + Classic & Collectors Cars, Barons (17 September 2012)

Rolls Royce introduced the Silver Cloud model in April of 1955. It followed the production run of the Silver Dawn, and the relocation of manufacturing to Crewe. The new model was to be somewhat larger, substantially roomier, just as nimble and no less speedy. In addition, provisions were added for conveniences such as power assisted steering, automatic transmission and improved ventilation. Initially, 'sufficient' power came from a staid six-cylinder engine.

The Silver Cloud Series II, introduced in August 1959 saw the introduction of eight-cylinder power. This offset the tendency for both production and coach built bodies, which had become progressively heavier.

The final incarnation, the Silver Cloud III, began production in September 1962 and would be the last Rolls-Royce to have a separate chassis. The example offered here is an early car from 1963 and was, states the vendor, originally built for Sir Ralph Richardson, who died in 1983, at the age of 80. We believe that the car was sold, along with pieces of fine art and memoribilia from stage and screen by weel known London auction house.

The car has been in the same family for 14 years and has benefited from a full repaint in Cardinal read and retrimmed in cream leather, with red piping. Unusually, the car is equipped with a full length, Webasto style, sunroof and also has power windows and power assisted steering. We are advised that the car has been extremely popular as a wedding and special events car, while in the vendors ownership.

Lot Details
Auction British Heritage + Classic & Collectors Cars
Barons, Surrey Hall- Sandown Park, England
TypeCar
Lot Number116
Estimate£16500-£20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£12500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1963
Condition rating0
Registration number785 FLP
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCX571
Engine number571
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors