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Coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward
William M. Young Wilmington, Delaware (acquired new in 1963)Robert A. Spatola, Lyndell, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above in 1965)Heritage Classics, West Hollywood, California (acquired circa 2005)Michel Kruch, Brussels, Belgium (acquired from the above)Private Collector, Brussels, Belgium (acquired from the above)Michel Kruch, Brussels, Belgium (re-acquired from the above)Danny Donovan, London, England (acquired from the above)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Rolls-Royce debuted the Silver Cloud III in 1963, featuring a lowered bonnet and radiator shell, new quad headlight arrangement, revised interior featuring more rear legroom, and separate, fully adjustable front seats. An uprated 6.2-litre V-8 engine featured larger 51 mm SU carburetors, improved distributor, higher 9:1 compression ratio, and nitride-hardened crankshaft. The improvements pushed its aluminum alloy V-8 to an estimated 220 BHP. Combined with a curb weight reduced by 220 lbs., the Silver Cloud III delivered brisk performance.
While the Silver Cloud III was most often bodied as a saloon, Rolls-Royce clients with the desire and the means could order bespoke open coachwork through coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward. Such was the case with this spectacular Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe, one of only 27 left-hand-drive “adaptations” constructed by the renowned coachbuilder.
Ordered new by William M. Young of Wilmington, Delaware, chassis LSCX 789 was sent to Mulliner Park Ward, where it received Drophead Coupe body 10018 (body design no. 2007). It was finished in elegant Shell Grey with an opulent black Connolly leather interior. According to the factory works card, it was equipped new with Sundyn glass, power windows, power-operated top, power aerial, white sidewall tires, and a Lucas driver’s side mirror. It was completed and shipped to J.S. Inskip Rolls-Royce in New York on May 24,1963, aboard the Belgian car ferry, Mv Prinses Josephine Charlotte.
According to the consignor, the original owner sold the Drophead Coupe in 1965 to its next caretaker, who retained it for approximately 40 years. The car was then freshened by its new owner, Michel Kruch of Belgium. He treated the car to body work, with a repaint, and had electrical and upholstery work carried out by Rolls-Royce specialists Frank Dale & Stepsons in London. Today, it is a stunning example and is said to perform very well on the road. This Silver Cloud is an outstanding choice for rallies, tours, and traveling in impeccable style. Included with the sale are the original tool kit, jack, spare, factory works card, and Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club Report.
The Silver Cloud III is the last and best of the Rolls-Royce Cloud series. It represents the end of the full-chassis Rolls-Royce and the final opportunity for customers to have specified a truly coachbuilt motorcar. Of the much-loved and highly coveted Silver Clouds, perhaps none is more sought-after than the exceedingly rare Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupe. The car on offer presents a decidedly uncommon opportunity to acquire a rare left-hand-drive example of a highly significant open-air, bespoke Rolls-Royce.