Lot 177 - 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Lot 177 - 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Lot 177 - 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Lot Number 177
Registration DHJ174B
Chassis Number SFU179
Engine Number 110
Odometer reading 19,562 miles
Estimate £23,000 - £27,000
  • Well maintained older restoration
  • One of only 2,044 standard steel saloons

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, was 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as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III remained in production until superseded by the unitary-construction Silver Shadow in late 1965.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.

This beautifully presented Cloud III was first registered on 3RD February 1964 and is now finished in a two tone blue over grey coachwork with complimentary grey leather trim. Owned since 2005 by our vendor’s father, this was as described his pride and joy. This is demonstrated by the level of maintenance and expense lavished on SFU179 with Rolls Royce and Bentley specialist Harvey Wash Ltd most recently. The Paintwork shows little signs of age having clearly been restored and the woodwork is again in very good condition adding to the opulence. The leather seats in both the front and back are supportive and as to be expected, luxurious. Having been stored for a few years, the car performed very well on a recent short drive to Windsor for its photoshoot in the Royal Borough and the storage facility owned by a good friend of the owner’s family stated that the car was started regularly. Supplied with V5C registration document, original handbook, a history file with recent invoices and with only 2,044 standard steel saloons built between 1962 and 1966, it is rare to find such a good example and estimated very reasonably. A car that was well loved by both the owner and his family and fitted with modern seatbelts front and back,  this is a fabulously restored and very well cared for example.

 

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