1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud IIISport Saloon
Year of manufacture1964
- One of only 20 sport saloons bodied by James Young
- Over $105,000 spent on thorough mechanical refurbishment
- Numerous tasteful enhancements for improved comfort and drivability
- Includes factory build sheets provided by the Rolls-Royce Foundation
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was first introduced in 1955, albeit with pre-war 4.9-liter six-cylinder power. It was upgraded to Cloud II status in 1959 with the introduction of a modern 6.2-liter OHV V-8 engine, literally transforming the car. The final iteration, the Silver Cloud III of 1962, featured a more sloping bonnet line and radiator for better visibility, integrated front-fender turn-signal indicators, four headlamps versus two, and additional power. Rolls-Royce never quoted horsepower numbers, preferring to note that the horsepower was “adequate.” A total of 7,248 units were built over the production run, including 2,556 standard-chassis Silver Cloud IIIs (1,072 with left-hand drive) before the final units left Crewe in 1966.
Although Silver Clouds featured standard bodies of pressed steel, custom coachwork was available at the request of the client. This Silver Cloud III with its aluminum body by James Young is one of only 20 sport saloons produced of this style, SCV100. According to factory records provided by the Rolls-Royce Foundation, this lovely example was originally completed as a right-hand-drive example, of which only 18 were built. Like all Cloud IIIs, it is equipped with power steering and brakes, power windows, wool carpeting, and front and rear armrests. Additional factory features include beautifully finished wood inlays throughout, front-seat recliners, Smiths instrumentation, an Everflex sunroof, grey mohair headliner, all-leather door panels with map pockets, rear-seat map lights, along with front and rear bumper over-riders and Lucas driving lamps. Numerous later enhancements include aftermarket air-conditioning, wide whitewall radial tires, a braking system with frame-mounted electric booster, electronic ignition, enhanced engine mounts to reduce vibration, supplemental electric cooling fan, and quartz clock movement.
Finished in a sophisticated Sable over a matching leather interior, it has been the beneficiary of a thorough mechanical refurbishment from 2011 to 2014. Documentation for over $105,000 in receipts is available for inspection. Recent work includes a rebuilt engine, transmission, and rear end, along with the carburetors and suspension. Additionally, the car received a new exhaust; re-cored radiator; overhauled and re-charged heating and air-conditioning; and all wiring sorted. This exceptional and rare coach-built Rolls-Royce comes complete with a reproduction owner’s book, tools, and jack.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.