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Lot 130: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Annual Yuletide Classic and Collectors Auction, Barons (16 December 2013)

1962 saw the introduction of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, which would be the final variant of the factory bodied standard steel saloon. At first glance it would appear that the all-new Silver Cloud III was merely a Silver Cloud II with different headlamps. The introduction of the twin headlamps was clearly the most obvious change, but the differences did not end there. Further changes included the introduction of smaller bumper over riders and the repositioning of the front indicators and side lamps into one single unit on the front wing, resulting in an arguably more attractive appearance. Mechanically speaking the Silver Cloud III was issued with larger 9:1 compression ratio carburettors, improved power steering to aid smoother movement at parking speed and a Lucas vacuum-advance distributor to aid fuel consumption, making it almost identical in mechanical specification to the Bentley S3 Continental that was being produced at the same time. A wider range of coachbuilt bodies were also available to buyers of the Silver Cloud III. Whilst the engine was being developed, Walter Hayes (Ford) was on a major motorsport drive and asked Colin Chapman if he would fit the engine to 1,000 Ford saloons for Group 2 homologation. Colin Chapman quickly accepted, despite having to deal with launch of the new Elan. The Type 28 or Lotus-Cortina or Cortina-Lotus (as Ford liked to call it) was born. Ford supplied the 2-door Cortina bodyshells and took care of all the marketing and sales, whilst Lotus carried out all the mechanical and cosmetic changes. The major changes involved installing the 1,558 cc , twin cam engine, together with the same close ratio gearbox as the Elan. The rear suspension was drastically altered and lightweight alloy panels were used for doors, bonnet and boot. Also lightweight casings were fitted to the gearbox and differential. All the Lotus factory cars were white with a green stripe (although Ford built some for racing in red, and one customer had a dark blue stripe due to being superstitious about green). The cars also received front quarter bumpers and round Lotus badges were fitted to rear wings and to the right side of the radiator panel. This new Saloon Car racer was about to sweep the board. This 1964 example has been in the vendor's ownership for 30 years and originally arrived in a number of boxes. Over the years the owner has had the car restored from the ground up but has seen very little use since recently completing the works. The car is only now offered for sale due to loss of storage. Finished in the traditional Lotus Cortina livery, the car has the correct lightweight doors and bonnet and the later style, alloy framed, steel paneled boot lid. It still has the A frame rear set up and is equipped with coil over shocks suspension. The car having seen little use, the vendor does say that it could benefit from a tune. The car is offered with a file full of bills, a comprehensive list of parts fitted, an original owner's handbook and a new MoT with no advisories.

Lot Details
Auction Annual Yuletide Classic and Collectors Auction
Barons, Esher Hall Sandown Park Exhibition Complex Surrey. UK
Lot Number130
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£28500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration number
Chassis numberSJR437
Engine numberSR218J
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4