1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
Rolls Royce introduced the Silver Cloud model in April of 1955. It followed the production run of the Silver Dawn, and the relocation of manufacturing to Crewe. The new model was to be somewhat larger, substantially roomier, just as nimble and no l....[continue reading]
LWB Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: LCEL87
This is the very last of five such hand-built aluminum bodied cars built on the long wheelbase Silver Cloud III chassis from 1963 to 1965 and, to date, the only documented left-hand drive supplied. The car was ordered new by Mr. Melvin Gelman of Wash....[continue reading]
Continental Sport Saloon
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis Num: SJR589C
If you were filthy rich in the sixties you owned a Rolls Royce. Back then it was considered ‘The best car in the World'. A great number of the buyers employed a chauffeur to glide them from place to place. A few people however preferred to drive them....[continue reading]
Long Wheelbase Sedan
Coachwork: James Young
This car is 1 of 253 Silver Cloud III long-wheelbase cars produced. It is a one owner, unrestored car. The owner picked up this car in London in 1962 and kept it until 2008 when it was purchased by its current owner in an estate sale. ....[continue reading]
This Silver Cloud 3 Continental Coupe wears alloy coachwork by H.J. Mulliner Park Ward. It was built for the King of Bahrain, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa. The royal family was a loyal customer of the Rolls-Royce Company and had o....[continue reading]
This is a remarkably straight, well preserved low mileage Silver Cloud III, which is enjoyed on a regular basis rather than strictly for shows. It is finished as originally supplied in the classic Masons Black with Beige Connolly hides, it is a facto....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: LSHS193
The Silver Cloud III was produced from late 1962 until October of 1965, with 2,376 examples produced. They were replaced by the Silver Shadow.....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: LSFU255
This alloy-bodied example is a Mulliner Park Ward coupe. There were 2,809 examples of the Silver Cloud III produced, and 2,555 had the 123-inch wheelbase. Just 328 examples were fitted with coach-built bodies. There were just 65 examples of the Mulli....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: LCSC 113B
The history of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud dates back to 1955. The first series rode on a 123-inch wheelbase and were given a traditional Rolls-Royce six-cylinder engine. In 1959, a V-8 powerplant arrived with the introduction of the Silver Cloud II....[continue reading]
One of 18 left drives built, this was part of a group of low mileage coachbuilt Rolls-Royces and Bentleys in the hands of its second owner who passed away in 1976. Vantage Motorworks supplied it to an enthusiastic client who wanted one when they were....[continue reading]
The Silver Cloud III, produced from late 1962 to 1965, was the last Rolls-Royce model with separate body-and-chassis construction suitable for the finest custom coach-built bodywork.....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: LSFU 787
The Silver Cloud III debuted in 1962, as the final iteration of the Silver Cloud Series.....[continue reading]
This Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon was originally owned by an Atlanta businessman and art collector who specified electric windows, electric antenna, Dunlop whitewall tires, and 'Sundym' glass. The original owner also requested that the model i....[continue reading]
HistoryThe next major model change took place in 1955 with the introductions of the Silver Cloud. It was fitted with the current 4,887cc engine, but a totally new pressed-steel body was designed and the streamlined, elegant and perfectly balanced look of this car made it an instant success. Most cars were fitted with an automatic gearbox although a few were manual.
The rear brakes were combined hydraulic and mechanical with the usual Rolls-Royce gearbox-driven servo. Front suspension was by unequal length wishbones and coil springs with rear semi-elliptic electrically controlled dampers. A top speed of 106 mph was possible.
The press called the new Silver Cloud the 'finest car in the world' and said, 'There is little doubt that these find new cars will carry on the maker's tradition and reputation.' They were right: orders came from all around the world, with an unprecedented number from America, where it proved to be extremely popular in Hollywood.
The Silver Cloud II, launched in 1959, retained the same body as the Silver Cloud I, but was powered by a completely new V8 engine of 6,230cc. Coupled with automatic transmission as standard, the Silver Cloud II set new standards of refinement and performance. The 'Autocar' wrote: 'Only by adopting advanced production methods and thereby increasing yearly output can a superlative machine like this be made today at a price its clientele can afford. The Rolls-Royce is one of very few surviving top quality cars; the maintained standard of overall excellence is rewarded by full order books, and a world reputation which has never stood higher.'
In 1962, a lower bonnet line and twin headlamps were introduced and the Cloud III was born. Engine power was upped by 15% and the top speed rose to 117 mph. The compression ratio was increased and the 1-inch SU carburetors replaced by 2-inch units.
A 1963 road test stated: 'It is a pity that a connoisseur's car like the Rolls-Royce remains far beyond the dreams of the vast majority of the World's motorists, but good to know that cars of this quality can be built still and that there is a healthy market for them. They set a standard that is really appreciated best when one returns to driving lesser cars.'
The Silver Cloud range prompted the immortal line used in its advertising, 'At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.'Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
The last of the Rolls-Royce separate-chassis cars from Crewe, the Silver Cloud was the main vehicle manufactured by Rolls-Royce from April 1955 until March 1966. The Silver Cloud replaced the Silver Dawn and was eventually replaced by the Silver Shadow. A major update from the pre-war models, the main design work was accomplished by J.P. Blatchley.
With a simple steel box section, the chassis was welded together and was very rigid while construction was still split into chassis and pressed steel and aluminum coachwork. It wasn't until the Silver Shadow that the uni-body construction arrived.
Weighing a total of 1.95 ton's, the Silver Cloud measured 5.38 m long and 1.90 m wide. Transmission was a four-speed automatic with an engine that was a 4.9 L six-cylinder unit. Suspension was independent coils at the front and semi-elliptic springs at the rear while the brakes were servo-assisted hydraulic drums.
In 1959 the Silver Cloud II was introduced with minor changes externally, but with the addition of a 6.2 L V8 engine with now pushed the vehicles weight to 2.11 tons. The top speed jumped to 183 km/h while the biggest improvements were showcased in acceleration and torque. Essentially the Silver Cloud with a different engine, the Rolls-Royce new 6.2-liter light-alloy V8 has been said to have been inspired by Cadillac's 1949 OHV unit.
Identical in everything but the nameplate, and of course, the Rolls-Royce radiator and mascot, the Silver Cloud II favored the companion Bentley S-Type Series II. 229 units of this model were long-wheelbase limo's with division window and handcrafted coachwork, though most of these vehicles had the ‘standard steel' sedan body. Though falling behind the rising standard of chassis refinement, the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was still the ‘Best Car in the World'.
In 1963 the Silver Cloud III was unveiled with slightly updated external tweaks and a remodeled interior. The weight of this newest model was reduced by almost 100 kg which resulted in boosted engine speed and slight performance. Very similar to the later Silver Shadow, the headlights were updated to a four-headlamp layout.
A total of 2,238 units of the Silver Cloud were produced during its production time.By Jessica Donaldson
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