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Car Tales: Rolls Royce, No Cloud Without A Silver Lining

‘The best car in the world!’ 
‘That was precisely what the marketing campaign from Rolls-Royce said about the Silver Cloud III, certain no other model could touch it in terms of build, luxury and mechanical merit. 
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‘And that was certainly the consensus among both the motoring press and the wealthy, often celebrity owners. In the days before supercars, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was the ultimate supercar.

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‘And the silence of the Rolls-Royce engine became part of its legend and one that the firm perpetuated: the tag-line for the Rolls-Royce Phantom, launched earlier this century, was that it was ‘the most silent car in the world.’
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‘In fact, the reassuring clunk – the car’s largest sound – of the closing of a classic Rolls-Royce’s doors, with their lashings of chrome and wood, has for long been part of the subtext of the legendarily luxurious British car.
‘And for the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, the huge car’s sound of silence was part of its myth. Firing up its big V8 engine would hardly make a hum as it settled into a happy idle. And when you pressed the throttle and started to motor all you heard was a wooshing, soothing purr, the sweet quintessence of what a Rolls-Royce should be: a whisper quiet engine in a vehicle that had a colossal amount of presence. Moreover, the transmission selected gears without hesitation, in a manner barely noticeable by the occupants.
‘We have one of these right now at Beverly Hills Car Club, a gorgeous left-hand drive 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III in – fittingly – silver with a linen interior. The vehicle comes with automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, power steering, rear picnic trays, steel wheels, & whitewall tires. It is an excellent original British classic that is mechanically sound.
‘Produced by Rolls-Royce Limited from April 1955 to March 1966, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was the core model of the Rolls-Royce range during this 11 years period. There is a feeling of command looking down the imposing bonnet from the driver’s seat; unlike in many limousines the driving position is not cramped or uncomfortable.
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‘The Silver Cloud III was the last of the Silver Cloud series, first displayed to the public at the Paris salon at the beginning of October 1962, and arriving in 1963, with slightly altered external dimensions, weight reduced by 100 kilograms, improved engine and remodeled interior. Between 1963 and 1966 there were no major changes. Stainless steel wheel trims replaced chrome-plated ones in April 1963, and an improved rear window de-mister was introduced in November of the same year.
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‘With increased power and weight reduction, speed and performance was boosted slightly compared to the Silver Cloud I and II. The Silver Cloud III had a 0-60 time of 10.8 seconds, and a top speed of 115 mph.
‘Rolls-Royce produced 2,044 Silver Cloud III cars, the rarest standard models of the three generations. 253 came with a long wheelbase chassis. There were also around 328 coach-built Silver Cloud IIIs, offered in Fixed Head and Drop Head Coupe style by Mulliner Park Ward. Although a chrome badge reading ‘Silver Cloud III’ in an italic font can be seen on the right bottom side of the trunk of most UK and European delivered examples, US models of the car were delivered without this badge.
‘Although the earliest Silver Cloud models were first produced more than sixty-five years ago, the one we have at Beverly Hills Car Club, a Silver Cloud III, is a mere youngster at only fifty-one. Moreover, most enthusiasts of the marque agree that the Silver Cloud III was the ultimate iteration, with added refinement, power, and luxury.
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‘The graceful and elegant Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud continues to be one of the most iconic symbols of luxury in the modern era, the ultimate transport for those who have attained a rarified status. Produced over those three series, most Silver Clouds were sold with the baroque-style Standard Steel Saloon coachwork. The chassis and drive-train were continually developed through the three distinct versions, with the Silver Cloud III being the ultimate, with added refinement, power, and luxury. Many enthusiasts of the marque consider these late examples as the best and most desirable of the range.
‘The Silver Cloud models signaled the end of the firm’s coach-building period, as Rolls-Royce found it could sell ten times as many cars with so-called ‘standard steel bodies’, than with custom-built shells.
-Alex Manos, Owner
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