Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe by Pilkington

The third and final Silver Cloud series was well-received by the public in 1962. It retained the torquey, smooth, and powerful V-8 engine first introduced in 1959 but with a boost from a higher compression ratio and larger carburettors. Its appearance changed for the first time since the series was introduced in 1955. The Cloud III is instantly identified by a lower radiator, a slightly sloping bonnet, and quad headlamps. The exterior changes resulted in a roomier interior, and the front seats were now individually adjustable.

At that time, one of the most desirable coachbuilt Silver Clouds was the ‘Mulliner Adaptations’. When new, a few of these were cars taken from the Standard Steel production line and sent to H.J. Mulliner coachworks to be adapted into drophead coupés, by removing the roof, changing the side panels to accommodate two doors instead of four, and converting the body into a convertible. This became an iconic body style amongst the Rolls-Royces of the 1960, and by far the most desirable. In the 1980s, as these cars became more valuable, a number of small companies began to copy what this famous coachbuilder had done in the late-1950s and early-1960s; the most respected examples were created by Pilkington Coachworks.

Part of the RM Auctions in London in October, 2012.

230 hp, 6,230 cc OHV V-8 engine, twin SU carburettors, four-speed automatic transmission, independent suspension, front suspension by wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with gearbox driven servo-assist. Wheelbase: 123 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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