Lot 236 - 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
|Registration||To be retained|
|Odometer reading||81,098 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,144|
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. 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as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III remained in production until superseded by the unitary-construction Silver Shadow in late 1965. The Cloud represented a supremely elegant design and is often regarded as the last true Rolls-Royce.
It is rare to find such a straight a car as this. I should, however, qualify this statement; the documented history is incontestable and it is an un-restored example. It is important to note that this has been owned by one man, from new, until the day he died in 1980. It was then placed under sheets at the family home and transferred into his wife's name. In May this year, it was transported to a local MoT testing station where, with a fresh master cylinder hose, some brake fluid and new fuel, it fired up and passed. The engine ticks over smoothly and there is no smoke from the exhaust. Whilst this is definitely a family car, it has also suffered from some corrosion over the wheel arches and sills in the intervening years. An honest example that does require some love and comes complete with the original guarantee and associated personal letter from the Rolls-Royce factory manager.
Interested parties should note that the original registration number, 1 CHR, is available separately and by private treaty.
Interested parties should also note that the MoT on this vehicle was actually carried out in November 2014.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.