Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce learned with its Silver Dawn model that its loyal customers were willing to accept standardised coachwork which was considerably less expensive than that provided by specialty coachbuilders. When the Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955, it, too, was offered as a standard steel saloon by Pressed Steel, albeit with some body panels in aluminium. However, the Silver Cloud still retained a conventional chassis, and thusly, nine percent of production still sported custom coachwork by specialty builders. Introduced with six-cylinder power in 1955, 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, and additional engine power, in addition to myriad detail refinements.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
6,230 cc OHV V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, internal expanding drum brakes with servo-assist, 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
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