Introduced in 1955, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S1 succeeded the Silver Dawn and R-Type respectively. The six-cylinder Silver Cloud gave way to the Silver Cloud II and S2 that debuted in 1959 as the first Rolls-Royce motorcars equipped with V-8 power. Toward the end of 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 heralded mainly cosmetic changes, the most obvious being a new four-headlamp frontal treatment. Mechanical advancements for the Silver Cloud III/S3 included a compression increase to 9.0:1 for the aluminum block-and-head 6.2-liter V-8 engine and enlarged S.U. carburetors delivering a corresponding and welcome output boost of an estimated twenty additional horsepower.
The Silver Cloud III and S3 also included such standard features as a four-speed automatic gearbox derived from GM’s renowned Hydra-Matic, plus power-assisted brakes, a radio, and a heater. Incredibly smooth and world-famous for nearly silent operation, the Silver Cloud III and S3 set new standards for luxury automobiles, a reputation that continues uninterrupted today.
For its part, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III sold quite well with 2,809 examples produced in all to October 1965, comprising 2,555 with the standard 123-inch wheelbase chassis and 254 long-wheelbase (127-inch) models. While a limited number of bespoke bodies were created by such distinguished British coachbuilders as Mulliner, Park Ward, and James Young, the standard four-door Saloon, if the word “standard” could ever apply to Rolls-Royce, was the model of choice for the era’s growing crop of wealthy businesspeople and entertainers, particularly in the burgeoning American marketplace. One such buyer was Ronald L. Fredianelli, the singer, songwriter, and comedian best known by his stage name Ronnie Gaylord, who first owned this Silver Cloud III, numbered LSCX 639.
According to copies of the original factory chassis records on file, LSCX 639 is an original U.S.-market Silver Cloud III and as offered, it remains an outstanding, low-mileage example that clearly benefits from years of specialist care and maintenance. Finished in two-tone livery comprising Tudor Gray and Shell Gray paintwork over Scarlet Connolly Vaumol leather upholstery, the colors it retains today, LSCX 639 was equipped with factory-original options including Sundym glass, electric windows, a radio with Delco aerial, Firestone whitewall tubeless tires, and rich Cherry Red lambswool rugs. Shipped to San Francisco, California on March 29, 1963, LSCX639 was eventually purchased via William Harrah’s distributorship in Reno, Nevada by Mr. Fredianelli, with the factory warranty issued on May 23, 1965.
Title records on hand confirm that Mr. Fredianelli (Gaylord) retained his Silver Cloud until 1989, having covered just 26,337 miles. That year, he sold it to Vantage Motorworks of North Miami, Florida, widely recognized as the premier Rolls-Royce/Bentley specialists in the United States. Upon arrival at Vantage’s workshop, LSCX 639 was an exceptionally well-preserved original car, and a superb base for Vantage’s team to restore to their usual level of excellence. Work included a complete exterior repaint in the correct factory colors, refinishing of the interior wood veneers, chrome replating, and fitment of new Wilton I wool carpets. It was sold to a local client, and returned to Vantage for replacement of the original generator with an alternator and the installation of a modern air-conditioning compressor. Further work included the installation of a second limousine-type air conditioner unit in the trunk and an upgraded stereo system. Vantage Motorworks sold LSCX 639 in 2007, and the car has seen limited use in a private collection since. It currently shows just 35,800 miles, which is believed to be genuine.
As offered, this Silver Cloud III Saloon is one of the finest driving and best presented examples we’ve encountered. It runs and drives beautifully, with the refinement and poise expected from a Silver Cloud, with recent service work including comprehensively overhauled brake hydraulics. Documentation includes copies of the factory chassis card, previous ownership history, and service records, and desirable accompanying items include the original boot-mounted tool kit and handbook. Beautifully restored and ready for enjoyment by a true Rolls-Royce collector and enthusiast, LSCX 639 is simply one of the best Cloud IIIs available, resplendent in its handsome and desirable original colors. A long history of expert care renders this very fine, low-mileage luxury motorcar ready for continued touring pleasure.
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