1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Upon its introduction in 1955, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud became the Gold Standard of luxury automobiles throughout the 50’s and early 60s. Based on a robust ladder chassis, the Cloud and accompanying Bentley S-Series initially featured the proven 4.9-litre inline-six, paired with a Hydramatic auto gearbox built by Rolls-Royce under license from GM. The car also represented a huge leap forward in terms of modern construction for the company. No longer was Rolls-Royce solely a chassis manufacturer, and with lessons learned from the Silver Dawn/MkVI, the new Cloud/S-Series was sold as a complete car, with factory-built bodies, relegating custom coachwork to being the exception rather than the rule.

With the Cloud II of 1959, Rolls-Royce finally introduced the long-awaited all-alloy V8 engine, originally intended for the Cloud I. Introduced in 1963, the Silver Cloud III represented the ultimate evolution of Rolls-Royce’s groundbreaking Silver Cloud series. Further enhancements arrived with the Cloud III of 1963, which included a significant styling refresh, adding quad headlamps to flank the iconic radiator shell. With standardized factory coachwork, a sophisticated and refined V8 engine, and a robust chassis honed for ride quality, the Cloud/S-Series ushered Rolls-Royce into the modern era. Thanks to numerous refinements, lighter weight, and increased power, the Cloud III remains a top choice among collectors and driving enthusiasts.

This beautiful 1965 Silver Cloud III arrived in the US via J.S. Inskip of New York, destined for Stone Automotive Imports of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Records provided by the Rolls-Royce Foundation show it was delivered to Allen Sanders of Toledo, Ohio – a prominent cartoonist known for the soap-opera comic strip Mary Worth. Build records show it was finished in Shell Grey and Black paint with Grey hides – just as it is presented today. Factory equipment includes electric windows, desirable in-dash air conditioning, radio, electric aerial, Sundym glass, and Dunlop whitewall tires. It is offered in excellent condition with outstanding paintwork and crisp, clean cabin with the perfect “broken-in” character to the leather upholstery. The only deviation from original spec is the 80s-era cassette player and Blaupunkt equalizer. While in prior ownership, the car was serviced by noted specialist Steve Aiello, to include new front springs and re-arched rear springs to achieve the proper ride height. Additionally, it had sympathetic restoration work done to the interior and body, with an extensive mechanical service by Palma Classic Cars in New Jersey completed in approximately 2019. The car retains its original, numbers-matching V8 engine, which is tidy and authentically detailed.

Wonderfully sorted for touring enjoyment, this excellent Cloud III is a marvelous example to savor on club driving events and on weekend getaways.


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Stock number 7528

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