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Lot 250: 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III "Chinese Eye" by Mulliner Park Ward

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

To many connoisseurs, the Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars of the Fifties and early Sixties were the last cars displaying the traditional craftsmanship for which Rolls-Royce had become world-famous. Their separate chassis allowed an uncommon elegance of coachwork design, either by the Crewe factory itself or by independent coachbuilders such as H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young; the unitary construction of body and chassis of all subsequent models all but ended such a traditional association. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S series, announced in April 1955, employed such a chassis, to which was mounted Standard Steel coachwork. Incorporating coil spring/wishbone front suspension with semi-elliptic rear springs and a single radius arm to locate the live rear axle, it also featured centralised lubrication and all round drum brakes. Power was provided by the 4,887cc straight six engine of the Bentley R Type Continental producing an estimated 158bhp; notably for the first time Rolls-Royce and Bentley models shared the same state of tune which, via the four-speed automatic transmission, allowed a top speed of 100mph. The evolutionary Silver Cloud II and S2 models of 1959 used Rolls-Royce new light alloy V8 engine but otherwise differed from their predecessors only in having a long life chassis lubrication system, standard power steering, increased front braking effort, a reduction in rear roll stiffness, a new ventilation system and a revised facia. With a capacity of 6,230cc the V8 was also notably lighter and produced around 200bhp. For the Silver Cloud III/S3 models introduced in October 1962, quickly distinguishable by four headlamps, the specification remained unchanged bar another increase of around 20bhp which lifted top speed to 115mph.This car is said by the owner to be in good condition all round. It has a current MoT as well as many previous examples, V5 and handbook. It also has servicing bills and details of work that has been carried out on the car. With only two previous owners, and 41,000 recorded miles, the car appears to have been well looked after. It is believed to have had a total interior retrim, including dashboard, seats, carpets and headlining as well as a total body respray. HTW 477B starts and drives well as a local test drive proved. She accelerated and braked in a straight line with the ride, smooth. The owner reports that the vehicle drove to Monaco without fault in 2004 and performed faultlessly. A striking example of a rare coach built Silver Cloud.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number250
Estimate£20000-£25000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1964
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Registration numberHTW 477B
Mileage-
Chassis numberSGT 581C
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