One of the most successful production runs for Rolls-Royce Ltd., the Silver Cloud was an elite series: Silver Cloud I, II and III. The Silver Cloud III was built only between 1963 and 1966 and included the 4-door steel saloons as well as exclusive coachbuilt convertibles and coupes. There were only 2,044 in all . . . understandable, since it took 6-8 months to build each Silver Cloud III.
Craftsmanship and luxury were touchstones for each Rolls-Royce, and the Silver Cloud III was no exception. The highest quality veneers were chosen from Milan, Italy, and craftsmen spent hours to build veneer patterns that were unique to each individual vehicle. Connolly Brothers natural grain leathers were used for the butter-soft upholstery as well as the carpet piping, and everything was painstakingly hand-stitched and finished. And, of course, the best was underfoot . . . with the finest Wilton hand-tufted wool carpets.
Even the classic radiator grille was built and polished by hand and initialed by the craftsman. For heightened ambiance, the window mechanisms ran on nylon gears, and electric seats, switches and controls would glide almost silently. In fact, Rolls-Royce was so resolute about craftsmanship that every one of its automobiles had a history book signed by each technician during every step of its production.
As for power, the Silver Cloud III’s engine improvements included 2-inch SU carburetors and a nitrite-hardened crankshaft with its Rolls-Royce 380 cu in, 6.2 litre V8. Used under license to Rolls-Royce was the GM Hydramatic transmission . . . all working together for a powerful ride and high-quality performance.
Further refinements to the Silver Cloud III were the new quad headlamps and a slightly shorter radiator grille and lower bonnet . . . all creating a distinctive look and lending an air of elegance, along with the classic Flying Lady. To make it even more unique for its era, this car is one of the few that had a factory-installed sun roof.
This stunning Silver Cloud has been maintained to the point where all mechanicals, suspension, brakes and more have been serviced, and invoices totaling over $77,000 are available. Most paint, chrome and interior are original but have been upgraded where necessary. To further enhance the smooth ride, a new set of radial tires were installed in July of 2020.
This immaculate Rolls-Royce runs as new with no issues, and the air conditioner blows ice-cold. All panels fit perfectly and have never been apart. The current owner has serviced it, and it is in better than showroom condition today.
It’s easy to see why the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III has been a favorite of kings, queens and heads of state and why it is still one of the most distinguished brands in automotive history. Isn’t it about time you discover it for yourself?