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Lot 101: Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

The Silver Cloud III is a car which sets out to do a job, and does it to near perfection. Conservative in approach to a degree which some critics call old-fashioned, it is nevertheless a vehicle which impresses uniquely by its refinement and quality of construction. Furthermore - and this is what most interested us - it is a machine that responds as much to the sporting driver as to the kid-gloved chauffeur. Sporting Motorist, 1964. Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III employed the same 6.2-litre V8 engine as its Cloud II predecessor but had even better performance thanks to larger carburettors, new distributor, raised compression ratio and a smaller frontal area. Top speed went up to 116mph with the 0-60 dash coming up in a very respectable 10.8 seconds.Apart from its lower radiator grille, other obvious styling changes included the adoption of quad headlamps and the deletion of sidelights from the wing tops. Interior accommodation was improved and a four-speed automatic transmission became standard. The last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Cloud III was replaced by the Silver Shadow in 1965 after a total of 2,044 cars had been built. This 1964 Cloud III was first registered in the UK in 1979. Unclear of its early history, the vendor can confirm that the carpets and leather interior received attention after its arrival on these shores and that it has been the subject of a very recent 13,000 restoration. This included attention to the chrome, paintwork on the front wings and doors, as well as a mechanical overhaul which has left the car looking very smart indeed. Its MOT expired at the end of October, the vendor intending to obtain a fresh ticket in time for the sale. Reputed to drive well, this well presented example has that rare ability to transform any journey into a truly memorable occasion.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
Lot Number101
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£19000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating4
Registration numberCLU 312B
Chassis numberSFU 711
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)6250
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4