Lot 76 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: FNB602C
Chassis No: SHS317C
MOT: March 2021
This example is one of just 70 right-hand drive examples of the Design Number 2041 (Mulliner Park Ward two-door saloon). According to its detailed accompanying chassis record it was originally finished in Regal Red with Beige interior, specified with electric windows, and destined for Messrs Moore’s (Brighton) Ltd although the order appears to have been cancelled. In March 1965 the car went to HR Owen Ltd from where it is understood to have been supplied to its first owner, a Mr J A Jelly, resident of Humshaugh, Northumberland. Benefiting from a full paint in 2010 along with a retrim in red leather and new carpet and headlining the vendor currently rates the interior trim as “excellent”, the engine and transmission as “very good”. Offered with build sheets and a current MoT to February 2021 this elegant coachbuilt Rolls-Royce is worthy of close inspection.
Always keen to present customers with as much choice as possible, Rolls-Royce overlapped the production lives of the Silver Cloud III and its Silver Shadow successor by more than a year. While the latter model was undeniably more technologically advanced, it lacked the sheer grandeur of its forebear. Based around a version of the 'Bentley 9' modular platform, the Cloud III may not have been 'cutting edge' but it was a wonderfully refined motorcar. Featuring independent coil and wishbone front suspension, a leaf-sprung semi-floating back axle (complete with hypoid bevel final drive), hydraulic shock absorbers, power steering and servo-assisted drum brakes, its enormously strong cruciform-braced box-section chassis provided a wonderful foundation for coachbuilders to practice their art. Powered by a 6230cc OHV V8 mated to four-speed automatic transmission, it was capable of near 120mph performance.