Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III SCT100 Touring Limousine

High-waisted and long in proportion, the Silver Cloud was the zenith of prestige and luxury, carrying on the Rolls-Royce name from 1955-1965. Even in 1955 when it was new, this car was old at the same time. The elegant skin covered a 4.9-litre in-line six cylinder engine from the post WWII Silver Wraith, four-wheel drum brakes, a separate chassis and body, and a live rear axle. But to traditionalists, all that mattered was that this was a Rolls-Royce in the grandest tradition. The Silver Cloud carried the Rolls-Royce banner for nearly eleven years until the Silver Shadow arrived in 1965.

7,248 units were produced during the production run, outselling its sister Bentley S-series that was built side-by-side nearly ten-to-one. Standard bodies were produced by Pressed Steel of Cowley, England and differed from its Bentley sibling only in that it used the classic Rolls-Royce radiator shell topped by the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.

The model was upgraded to Silver Cloud II status with the introduction of Rolls-Royce’s new V-8 engine in 1959, literally transforming the car. At once, silent and effortless 100-mph cruising became a Rolls-Royce hallmark. The final iteration, the Silver Cloud III was used in 1962 to denote a more sloping bonnet line and radiator for better visibility, integrated front fender turn signal indicators, four headlamps versus two and additional engine power.

The SCT100 designation refers to coachbuilder James Young’s interpretation of the classic look of the Phantom V on the smaller long-wheelbase Silver Cloud chassis. The highly desirable configuration is often referred to as a “mini-Phantom” thanks to its elegant proportions which gracefully reflect the larger P-V.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

6,230 cc OHV V-8, four-speed automatic transmission, internal expanding drum brakes with servo-assist, hydraulic front, mechanical rear, with a second hydraulic circuit on both front and rear, coil spring independent front suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers, semi-elliptic rear suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers controlled via a steering wheel switch. Wheelbase: 127"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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