Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupe

The introduction of the Silver Cloud III and Bentley S.3 saw the introduction of contemporary design cues. Most obvious were the dual-quad headlamps, a lower hood and radiator shell, and smaller bumpers. The non-standard Vilhelm Koren-designed body for the S.2 cars, built by Park Ward who would later merge with H. J. Mulliner, pleased buyers so much that the design was adapted for the Bentley S.3 and its fraternal brother, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. It was felt that the horizontal twin headlights detracted from the overall presentation, so they were fitted on a slight slant. The new interior was updated with a padded cap rail above the fascia, separate front seats, and more leg room for front and rear passengers. The V-8, which was installed in the second generation Bentley and Rolls cars and continued to these third generation vehicles, resulted in seven percent more horsepower. Rolls-Royce enthusiasts agree that the Cloud III was the finest of the series. Rolls-Royce produced 2,044 Cloud IIIs, plus 253 on the long wheelbase chassis. All coachbuilt cars were long wheelbase and are identified by the letter “L” preceding the chassis number.

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

200 hp, 6,230 cc OHV V-8 engine, two SU carburettors, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and wishbones, semi-elliptic rear springs with electrically controlled shock absorbers, and power-assisted hydraulic front and hydro-mechanical rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Tim Scott

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