It was the end of an era, an era that had proven commercially prosperous for the most prestigious automobile manufacturer in England. What the 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III represented was the closing of yet another successful production chapter in the companys 60-year existence. That Charles Rolls and Henry Royce had rendered official their now famous partnership exactly six decades earlier could not have been lost on the manufacturers leadership when the 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III was released to the buying public. This was the third iteration of a model that had been conceptualized as an upgraded replacement for the also successful Silver Dawn, with those upgrades applying to both engineering improvements and streamlined production. The former upgrade resulted in brilliant consumer reviews, while the latter allowed for unit volume to exceed that of the Silver Dawn by an order of magnitude.
To be sure, the 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III was a clear continuation of the series I and series II from which it was descended. But it was also its own model in many respects. For one, the engineering team managed to shave off over 200lbs from the Silver Cloud II design without compromising an ounce of engine strength. This more favorable power/weight ratio resulted in superior acceleration and a higher top speed, while the lighter frame also contributed to tighter handling an overall improvement in performance. And many of the industrys highly regarded coachbuilders would ultimately leave their respective imprints upon this model, as the body-on-frame mold provided for customized coachwork in a small number of Silver Cloud units. Coachbuilders such as Mulliner and Park Ward provided the various coupe designs.
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