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1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

$39,850         STOCK NUMBER 21960088        $39,850

1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III. The Silver Cloud series was a dramatically different and very important car for Rolls-Royce. The market for bespoke, coachbuilt cars was beginning to dry up, so Rolls-Royce needed a car that could be mass produced – at least in a Rolls-Royce sense of “mass” production. Of course, they did not want to neglect their high end clientele who still demanded exclusive coachbuilt cars. As a result, the Silver Cloud was developed on a full ladder frame, a characteristic that allowed the master coachbuilders to still practice their craft. But what set it and its mechanically identical sibling, the Bentley S1, apart was the fact that they were mainly sold with the Standard Steel Saloon body built by Pressed Steel, Inc. The standard car, penned by J.P. Blatchley, was a beautifully modern interpretation of the classic, swooping Silver Dawn that preceded it. The fully enveloped body was built in steel with aluminum alloy used for the hood, trunk and doors. Power was courtesy of a large, smooth running inline-six mated to an automatic transmission – a GM Hydramatic built under license.

Three series of Silver Clouds were produced between 1955 and 1966. The biggest changes could be found on the Cloud II with the arrival of an all-alloy, 6.2 Liter V8 engine, and the Cloud III with its freshened up body featuring quad headlamps, a shorter grille and subtly sloping bonnet. The Cloud III now had standard electric windows, a slight bump in power and refinement for the V8, and a host of small but effective changes that make the Cloud III among the most desired of the standard saloons. The car proved wildly popular by Rolls-Royce standards, with 6,699 standard cars built, plus a handful of coach built, long wheelbase and commercial hearses and even some shooting brake wagons. Of that total, 2,044 Silver Cloud III’s left the Crewe works, when it was ultimately replaced by the Silver Shadow.

1965 Silver Cloud III, This is a lovely, well-maintained car in honest and original condition. Two southern California owners from new. The odometer reads just 53,996 genuine miles from new of which 42 K. was driven in-between 1965 though 1969 and only 12k. miles from 1969 to present, by its last owner. The body is finished in a elegant silver sand over sable with original Connelly leather biscuit/bone interior. It is pleasingly attractive and presentable, though it is showing signs of use and has a couple of small dings and a few scratches, but zero rust. Which is nothing that detracts from its good looks. Realistically it could use a repaint which in turn will rocket the $ value of this car. The exterior chrome is in very nice order, original and straight. The prominent stainless radiator shell is also in very good condition.

The best part of the Silver Cloud experience is the sumptuous interior. This car’s original biscuit/bone leather has never been re-dyed and is very supple, yes it needs Connelly dying which we have not completed yet to show its originality. (Some buyers may want original un dyed leather which suits this type of car so well.) The original carpeting appears to be in very good order. The extensive wood trim is totally original and is nicely presented with an honest, moderate patina. It is equipped with electric windows, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo.

The Cloud III is the most desirable of the Silver Cloud series. The big SmoothV8 of the Cloud III breaths through large 2” S.U. carburetors and the GM-derived transmission is smooth and very durable. vin # LSGT 377

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