Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101
Lot 259
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
Registration no. BCU 271 Chassis no. SGT101
Sold for £19,550 (US$ 26,119) inc. premium

Lot Details
Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101 Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland,1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon  Chassis no. SGT101
Formerly owned by Barbara Cartland
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
Registration no. BCU 271
Chassis no. SGT101
*The ultimate Silver Cloud variant
*Chauffeur driven while in Barbara Cartland's ownership
*Present ownership since 1989
*Substantial history file

Footnotes

  • Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its ageing six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. The V8 was, of course, the predominant power unit in Rolls-Royce's most important export market - the USA - so it was only natural that the Crewe firm would study the best American designs - principally those of Chrysler and Cadillac - for inspiration. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their 'Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though the duo's performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. Although wider and shorter than the 'six' it replaced, the new power unit fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, relocation of the steering box from inside to outside of the chassis frame being the most obvious alteration to the previous arrangements. Externally the new models appeared virtually unchanged, while beneath the skin Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one on offer and power steering was standardised.

    Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2-litre V8 engine introduced on the 'Cloud II/S2 - though with larger carburettors, new distributor and raised compression ratio - and came with a four-speed GM-derived automatic transmission as standard equipment. Most obvious among many changes from the preceding models was the adoption of four-headlamp lighting, the absence of sidelights from the wing tops, and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside there was improved accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. Notable as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III proved immensely successful both at home and abroad, remaining in production until the autumn of 1965.

    This particular Silver Cloud was formerly owned by the celebrated novelist, Barbara Cartland (1901-2000) whose popular romances sold an estimated 750 million copies worldwide (see photographs on file). Bought in 1977 by Cartland, and chauffeur driven while in her care, the Rolls-Royce was sold by her to its late owner in 1989. There is a letter on file written by Cartland to the late owner, and her name and signature are on the accompanying V5 document. The car was registered 'BC 29' when owned by Cartland; the current number, 'BCU 271', was put on in 1990.

    Additional documentation consists of a quantity of expired MoT certificates dating back to 1987, and sundry invoices dating back to 1989. Relatively recent works include refurbishment of the chassis, body, and paintwork, and reconditioning the power steering pump.

Saleroom notices

  • We have not been able to run this car, it would appear to be due to a faulty fuel pump.
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