1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
Classic British Sedan
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1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
- Same Owner for 33 Years
- Imported from the UK
- Right Hand Drive
- 432ci V8 with Hydromatic Transmission
- Professionally Restored by Classic Coachworks
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“…a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud rewards the owner with the height of luxury….” -Hagerty
The Hagerty writers provided a bit of history on this Rolls-Royce model: “The Silver Cloud III series was the last of the popular Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud series. The Silver Cloud I and II (and Bentley S1 and S2) from 1955 to 1961, shared the same standard body, but when the SCIII was introduced in 1962, contemporary trends modified the design. Most obvious were four headlights, a lower hood and radiator shell, and smaller bumpers. The interior was less pre-WWII in design, with a new padded rail above the dash, separate front seats (which was formerly a single bench seat) and more leg room front and back.”
“The Silver Cloud models signaled the end of the coach-built period, as Rolls-Royce found it could sell 10 times as many cars with 'standard steel bodies.' Custom Rolls-Royces were occasionally built after 1970, but by then the company had predominantly taken the path it is following today. These coach-built Silver Clouds are extremely desirable today as a result.”
Offered here is a 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III in what can only be called a spectacular combination of silver-and-blue over platinum leather. There's a reason “like a Rolls-Royce” became the highest compliment in the luxury automobile business, and this Silver Cloud III is a perfect example why. Imported from England and owned by the same individual for 30 years, the Rolls has been professionally restored by Classic Coachworks to its full glory.
It is an almost impossible task to catalog and describe every bespoke feature, every distinctive touch, every mechanical bit of exclusivity built into a Rolls-Royce of this Silver Cloud III's caliber. The very knowledgeable Rolls-owner and maintainer community for these cars will carefully appraise—as we highly recommend to prospective purchasers—every aspect of this automobile and reach their own educated assessments. This description will confine itself to many noteworthy aspects of this incredible luxury vehicle, but, due to available space and in-depth schooling in the model, will inevitably fall short of a fully comprehensive presentation.
The exterior paint is virtually perfect, and the color combination really is spectacular; the silver includes just a hint of blue in it. A Rolls of this era in any color is unmistakably a Rolls; these cars have “presence” well beyond most any automobile ever produced. The shine is beautifully glossy, unmarked by damage and free of fading. Even the twin, red hand-painted pinstripes accenting the chrome trim (and the single pinstripe on the edge of the hood) show no flaws. Other brightwork, notably the iconic radiator-grille (with its “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament), the fender-top side-view mirrors, lovely rear-boot treatments, and wheel-covers with body-color blue accents, is in like condition. Correct factory badging is in place (owner-emblems have been added to the front bumper). Lighting lenses are all clear and free of cracks or other damage; the cabin glass is likewise virtually perfect. Thin-stripe whitewall tires are mounted on the factory wheels.
The car's interior is every bit as lovely as its exterior. The platinum leather perfectly suits the car's exterior paint. The upholstery—including the door-panel upholstery—has been well-maintained by a fastidious owner. Apart from wear noted on the driver's seat, and slight wear on the rear seat, the leather shows very well for its 58 years. Cabin (and boot) floors are covered in fresh royal-blue carpeting. The trademark burled wood trim—across the entire dashboard, beneath the front windscreen, on the door panels, on the pull-out front-passenger writing shelf (with its own pull-out cigar ash-receiver), on the fold-down rear trays (with inlays!)—has been maintained in exceptional condition. The commanding view from the right-side driver's seat encompasses the full array of analog Smiths gauges, white-faced analog clock with Roman numerals, and chromed switchgear, all beautifully set in wood. An upgraded Clarion® audio unit is installed in the factory-radio location, and air conditioning is installed below the dash. The shift lever for the 4-speed, Hydramatic® transmission is mounted on the steering column.
Beneath the center-hinged hood, the original 432-cubic-inch V8 still wears its Rolls identifying serial-number badge. The engine bay is properly clean and tidy with all components—including air conditioning—properly in place.
The sale includes a hardbound copy of “The Handbook for the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III” (second edition) as well as a copy of the workshop manual for the model.
While the more than 180 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this Silver Cloud III in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
In this car's day, Road & Track opined: "...it is a pleasure to report that there is still a company in business dedicated to the task of producing the best car in the world, regardless of cost." In truth, the term “like a Rolls Royce” often heard since applied to lesser automobiles, has always a falsehood. As this Silver Cloud III amply demonstrates, there really is nothing else in the automotive universe that merits such ultimate praise.