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Lot 137

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon

SOLD $77,000

Estimate

$120,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

LSKP 109

Engine

SP54K

Car Highlights

The Ultimate Evolution of the Silver Cloud Line
One of Only 2,044 Examples Produced
Factory Left-Hand-Drive, US-Delivery Saloon
Maintained by One Collector for over Three Decades
Elegant Presentation in Shell Grey with Original Black Upholstery

Technical Specs

6,230 CC OHV V-8 Engine
Twin SU HD8 Carburetors
Estimated 215 BHP
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The Silver Cloud III was introduced in 1962 and retained all of the splendid features of previous models, plus modern refinements: twin headlamps, shorter radiator shell, sloping bonnet, lighter power steering, and a notable increase in power.

The original owner, an Atlanta businessman and art collector, specified electric windows, electric antenna, Dunlop whitewall tires, and “Sundym” glass, but did not want the model insignia on the trunk lid. When new, the car was finished in the elegant color scheme of Shell Grey with black Connolly leather upholstery. According to Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club records, this Silver Cloud was retained by its original owner for about a decade before passing to a collector in Indiana who kept it for over 30 years.

Enhanced by recent mechanical and cosmetic freshening, the understated Shell Grey paintwork is well kept and the original black leather interior is in outstanding condition. A Silver Cloud specialist familiar with the car recently described it as being quite excellent in every way, reporting, “…it is a car I’d be proud to own.”

The Silver Cloud III model, rugged yet elegant, benefited from years of production refinement. With a splendid reputation for quality, it is highly esteemed by collectors who consider that chief stylist John Blatchley reached the pinnacle of his career with this elegant and graceful design, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon.