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  Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1962 - 1965
Numbers built:2565 and 254 long wheelbase cars
Designed by:John Blatchley / in-house
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA great Rolls Royce tradition ended with the demise of the Silver Cloud model in 1965. From the Silver Shadow onwards all Rolls Royces featured a unitary steel construction, which effectively ended the custom coach-building, seen from the dawn of the company in the early 1900s. The first Silver Cloud model was introduced in 1955 and still featured the six-cylinder engine, first introduced 1930s in the Wraith model of the late 1930s.

Not only the engine, but also the body and chassis design was very similar to previous Rolls Royce models. With these refined and luxurious models the British company has built the reputation of the 'Best car in the world.' When designing the Silver Cloud, the designer must have thought, 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it.' Many British coach-builders offered a wide variety of bodies for the Silver Cloud chassis.

Growing competition forced Rolls Royce to reconsider their conservative design policy. With the Silver Cloud II model introduced in 1959, the main changes were found under the long hood. A pushrod V8 engine replaced the aging 'six'. In good Rolls Royce tradition, this engine served the company for over forty years, slightly modified and Turbocharged in its final guise. The engine's enormous torque figure was perfect to propel the very heavy 'Rolls.'

In 1962, the final incarnation of the Silver Cloud model was introduced. This time the nose was modified. Most notable change was the addition of the double headlights, which had become very popular in the United States. To increase forward visability the radiator was slightly lowered, which gave the hood a bit more of a slope. Despite these changes the Silver Cloud III looked every bit as 'Rolls Royce' as its predecessors.

Featured is a Standard Steel Saloon bodied Silver Cloud III, which is equipped with the Rolls Royce factory designed and constructed five seater saloon body. This fine example was offered for sale at Christie's Paleis 't Loo Concours d'Elegance auction, where it changed hands for just over EUR30,000.

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