Lot 228 - 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Fixedhead Coupé by Mulliner/Park Ward
|Odometer reading||65,000 miles|
|Estimate||£47,000 - £55,000|
Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2-litre aluminium-alloy V8 engine first introduced in the Silver Cloud II although with larger carburettors, new distributor and raised compression ratio. It also came with a four-speed GM derived automatic gearbox as standard equipment. More obvious among many of the other 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. 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 of fresh air motoring.
One of the most desirable coachbuilt Clouds was the 'Chinese Eye' dropheads and fixedhead coupés built by Mulliner/Park Ward on the Silver Cloud III chassis. This stunning example was supplied to a Mr. J. A. Shellim by the Rolls-Royce dealership H.A. Fox & Co. Ltd. of London W1, it was originally painted in Black Vynide over Shell Grey and delivered on 12th May 1965. By July 1968, this Rolls-Royce was in the ownership of Sir Ian Fraser who requested paintwork quotations from James Young Ltd. In 1979 the car was sold and exported to the USA before returning back to the UK at the beginning of 1990. It was then registered to a Mr Calvert-Thomson who kept the car until 1997 when this Silver Cloud was sold by a Rolls-Royce specialist based in Essex to a Mr. Shu Wing Wong. In 1998, it was acquired by the last owner who set about the mechanical restoration of the car, rebuilding the brakes, gearbox, major engine service and replacing rubber pipes etc. and spending about £5,000 in the process. From 2001, the car has been fully maintained by one of the top Rolls-Royce & Bentley specialists based in Surrey allowing the owner to attend various classic car meetings such as participating in the London to Brighton Classic Car Run in 2003 and being invited to display his car at the 2008 Hurlingham Club Concours d'Elegance in London. This excellent example of the marque is finished in red with black leather interior and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2014, a file containing copies of chassis cards and test reports supplied by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast's Club and other paperwork relating to the history of this fine Rolls-Royce 'Chinese Eye' fixedhead coupé; a car of unparalleled style.
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