The 1962-1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was the last of the Silver Clouds, with changes both for the better and the worse. In the latter category was the styling, marked (like that of the Bentley S-Type Series III) by a lower hood and radiator and quad headlamps mounted in oval nacelles.
Most purists thought this a shocking violation of Rolls-Royce tradition at the time. One magazine went so far as to refer to the quad lights as equivalent to installing a jukebox in Winchester cathedral. Still mounted on a separate chassis, by now the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III looked quite dated, with drum brakes and a live rear axle.
In the "better" column was seven percent more power (not disclosed, but probably up to about 220 bhp net) from the aluminum 6.2-liter V-8. Again, the Silver Cloud III was identical to its Bentley stablemate, apart from the obvious grille and nameplate differences.
The III was replaced in late 1965 by the monocoque Silver Shadow series with more modern engineering and less distinctive appearance.
Pluses of the 1962-1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III:
- Milestone status
- More performance and smoother than the 1955-1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
- Quieter operation than the 1955-1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
Minuses of the 1962-1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III:
- Costly to maintain and restore
- Dubious front-end restyle
- Low mpg
- Not very fast with the six
Production of the 1962-1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III:
- Standard body: 2,044
- Limousine: 253
- Custom body: 79
Specifications of the 1962-1965 Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud III:
Wheelbase, inches: 123.0/127.0 (sedan/limousine)
Length, inches: 211.0/216.0 (sedan/limousine)
Weight, pounds: 4,480/4,650 (sedan/limousine)
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower||Years |
| ohv V-8||6,230 cc (380 cid) ||220* (est.)||1962-1965 |
*Rolls-Royce customarily did not quote power or torque output
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