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Lot 348: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

"The size and grandeur of the car... deceive one about the performance which would do justice to many a car of more sporting pretensions. The finish, both in detail and the broader sense of equipment and trim, is superb." - Motor magazine on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III.

Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2-liter aluminum-alloy V8 engine introduced on the 'Cloud II/S2 - though with larger carburetors, new distributor and raised compression ratio - and came with a four-speed GM-derived automatic transmission as standard equipment. Most obvious among many changes from the preceding models were the adoption of four-headlamp lighting, the absence of sidelights from the wing tops, and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside there was improved accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. Notable as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III remained in production until superseded by the unitary-construction Silver Shadow in late 1965.

As well as the factory-bodied cars, bespoke creations from James Young and the merged firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (now Rolls-Royce-owned) continued to be available on the Cloud III chassis for those discerning enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford them. Indeed, as the factory did not offer a convertible or drophead coupé, a coachbuilt car was the only option if one's preference was Rolls-Royce-style fresh air motoring.

Dating from the penultimate year of production and finished in black with gray leather interior, this car started life as a right-hand drive Silver Cloud III Saloon and was converted to a H J Mulliner-spec Drophead Coupé by Pilkington, a shop noted for its high quality conversions. It has enjoyed the same owner for the past thirteen years, and has been meticulously maintained by him with invoices available.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number348
Estimate$90000-$130000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$150000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$172000
Year1964
Condition rating0
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Chassis numberSGT259
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