1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud IIISaloon
Year of manufacture1965
When the Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955, it was offered as a standard steel saloon, albeit with some body panels in aluminum. Equipped with six-cylinder power, four years later it received a modern V-8 and was dubbed the Silver Cloud II. In 1962 came the final modification to Silver Cloud III status with the introduction of four headlights, a lowered front cowl and bonnet, additional engine power, and myriad detail refinements. A total of 2,556 standard chassis Silver Cloud IIIs (1,072 with left-hand drive) were produced along with an additional 254 long-wheelbase models when the final units left Crewe in 1966.
According to Rolls-Royce Foundation records, chassis LSHS107 was sold by Stone Automotive Imports, Ltd. of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and delivered to Allen Saunders, a prominent cartoonist known for the comic strip Mary Worth, who lived in nearby Toledo. Finished in Shell Grey over Black Masons with grey interior hides, it was built to U.S. specification and equipped with a radio, in-dash air conditioning, electric windows, and antenna. The car is largely original and has been sympathetically preserved by the consignor, a well-regarded Bentley and Rolls-Royce collector. The odometer, which reads just 32,000 miles, is believed to be correct.
Mechanical work has been done by Steve Aiello, whose father was chief mechanic at Inskip/Haug for 30 years. The front springs were re-done, and the rear springs correctly arched to give the Cloud its proper stance. Purich of Bagoda, New Jersey, attended to the headliner and the lovely grey leather interior. Paint touch-up was done by Elegant Motorcars of Englewood, New Jersey, and noted Rolls-Royce expert John Palma recently serviced the car, including the air conditioning. Included are the Rolls-Royce manual, jack, and tire pump along with road and small tools.
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