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Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
(1962 - 1965, 1962-1966 coachbuilt cars)

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, 1965, #SKP165, Standard Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, 1965, #SKP165, Standard Saloon. This Swiss registered Silver Cloud III is distinguished by its Webasto sunroof from a typical Standard Saloon.

Design changes included dual headlamps and a lower front wing/bonnet line when the standard version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was unveiled towards the end of 1962. For the first time those rakish drop head coupès and fixed head coupés hitherto exclusive to the Bentley Continental were also available on Silver Cloud III chassis. Drum brakes were still utilised by the factory and were looked upon at askance by some critics, who pointed out too that a car with separate chassis and coachwork attached by means of bolts and screws could be stated as having lost contact with modern development. Prospective purchasers didn't share this opinion wholeheartedly and in fact to meet demand a special series of chassis was produced well into the year 1966 - although the successor Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow had been launched in 1965.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, James Young
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, 1966, #LCSC99B, James Young Saloon Coupé. No more than 6 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III were bodied by James Young with this particularly elegant coachwork. (Photo courtesy of Peter Kaempf)

Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 91.44 mm (4.1 x 3.6 in), capacity 6,230 cc, aluminium alloy cylinder heads; 2 SU carburettors; 4-speed automatic gearbox, hypoid bevel final drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic springs rear; drum brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,124.2 mm or 3,225.8 mm (123 in or 127 in); tyre size 8.20 x 15

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, 1964, #CEL17, long wheelbase
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, 1964, #CEL17. The long wheelbase variant offered 4 in more legroom for rear seat passengers.

No. made:

2555 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III (328 were fitted coachbuilt bodies)
  254 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III long wheelbase (47 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies)
2809 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III altogether
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