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Lot 155: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Long Wheelbase Touring Limousine

The Scotsdale Auction, Bonhams (16 January 2014)

Catering for the stately limousine market in the 1950s, Rolls-Royce offered the royalty and heads of state-only Phantom IV and the generally available, if somewhat dated, Silver Wraith. Following the introduction of the Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type, a long-wheelbase version of this more modern design was made available, with bodies closely based on the factory's standard offering. Four inches longer in the wheelbase than the standard saloon and usually fitted out with an internal division, the majority of these bodyshells were extended by Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward (soon to become H J Mulliner, Park Ward) at its London works and finished off at the factory in Crewe. A select few also received bodywork by external coachbuilders such as James Young. These long-wheelbase models continued after the introduction of the new 6,230cc aluminum-alloy V8 engine on the 'Cloud II/S2 in the autumn of 1959, offering a less expensive alternative to the newly introduced Phantom V, similarly they were offered on the Silver Cloud III or S3 chassis. On the Rolls, long wheelbase cars accounted for a little over 10% only of the 2,300 units produced, with 253 being built. The Motorcar offered According to its original factory records CCL 33 was sold new in the UK, originally being built for a Mr. V. A. Ercolani of Broad Oaks in Chigwell, Essex. Mr. Ercolani took delivery of the car in September 1963 and registered it with the personal British Plate of "VE 3" - a striking number for what was a striking and individual car. Mr. Ercolani was a pioneer in laminate furniture industry, noted for his Ercol branded outdoor furniture as well as for its use of the same technology in the construction of the De Havilland Mosquito aircraft. Although not specifically designated as such on the order paperwork present at the time of cataloguing, the design appears to adhere closely to James Young's famed reference number 'SCT 100'. This body style is one that has always been coveted as it undoubtedly improves on even the handsome factory offering and has distinct, more sporting, lines. The Rolls was finished in 'Special Dark Maroon' paint scheme and with tan leather, according to its order from Jack Barclay. Mr. Ercolani traded his Silver Cloud 1 also with James Young coachwork against his new purchase. It is not known when Mr. Ercolani sold the car, but he certainly retained his 'vanity' plate and the car was re-registered with the period London license plate it still wears to this day. Later the car would cross the Atlantic and become the property of Frank Matthew Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is understood that some 35 years ago, when the car itself was only 15 years old it arrived in the present family ownership. Over the ensuing three decades, the car has covered very limited mileage and spent the majority of the time sympathetically stored. Today, it is in presentable order, with clean magnolia leather interior piped in burgundy and with plush burgundy carpets and over-rugs. Aesthetically, a much older repaint to the current tobacco brown scheme carried out in previous ownership has worn well but is a little faded and there is some loss/flaking from the top of the firewall. In preparation for its sale, the Rolls has been re-commissioned by Chris Kidd at Tired Iron Works in Monrovia, California, but may require a more thorough mechanical service prior to long distance or regular use. Offered from its long term ownership, this affordably priced late coachbuilt Rolls-Royce is deserving of attention. Saleroom notices Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.

Lot Details
Auction The Scotsdale Auction
Bonhams, Arizona
Lot Number155
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£34442
Hammer Price (inc premium)£37886
Condition rating2
Registration number
Chassis numberCCL 33
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)6230
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4