It had been 60 years since the combined genius of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce released in 1904 (two years before their companys official founding) their now storied and legendary Rolls Royce 10 hp. Then, long after both Rolls and Royce were gone, the 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III was released, proving the company named for its visionary founders to be both enduring and commercially viable. The 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III was the sophomore release of its iteration, which had itself been preceded by a series I and series II precursor. While the significant leap in engine power had been made between I and II, there were also notable differences separating the series II from the 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, even if in many respects it was quite similar, though not to the point of being indistinguishable.
Like its immediate precursor, the Silver Cloud III housed a thick 6.2-liter V-8 beneath its endless hood. But this iteration was more than 200lbs lighter in weight and enjoyed improved performance across the board (speed, acceleration, handling) because of that difference. Though the Silver Cloud III was typically sold as a full-size, 4-door saloon (FR layout), the body-on-frame construction fated several units to enjoy the craftsmanship of prestigious coachbuilders. These included Park Ward and Freestone & Webb, to name a few, and the variants included both drop head and fixed head coupe styles. Speed, class, luxury, and comfort; the Silver Cloud III was an unimpeachable testament to Rolls Royce engineering and manufacturing supremacy.
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