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1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

Guide Price: £40,000-£50,000


∙Excellent overall condition
∙Whisper quiet engine 
∙Previously restored to good standard
∙One of only 2,044 built

The Background

It’s not often you can claim a car to be the best in the world, but that’s exactly what the marketing campaign from Rolls Royce said about this, the Silver Cloud III. So proud were Rolls, they were confident that no other model could touch it in terms of build, luxury and specification. And that was certainly the consensus among both the motoring press and the wealthy, often celebrity owners. 

Introduced in 1962, the Silver Cloud III carried on the Rolls tradition of luxury. The car was bigger than models before it, affording passengers more space and of course, giving the car more presence on the road. The ventilation was re-worked, thus making the cabin a more enjoyable place to be. The face was changed to include quad headlights, and the whole thing was powered by a whisper quiet 6,250cc all aluminium V8 engine mated to a GM-sourced four-speed automatic transmission. It was, and still is, an utterly exquisite motor car.

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The History

This particular Silver Cloud III was supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd in 1965 to a Mr. David Garner in Cheshire. At this time, the car was registered as DG 385. Specified with electric windows, parking lights, and finished in Sable over sand with matching beige leather trim. Mr. Garner was obviously something of a fan of the Silver Cloud III, as he didn’t part with it until 1981. Most luxury cars are quickly changed for the ‘next big thing’ but not this one. Such was the impression it made. 

In 1981, fellow Cheshire resident, Mr. Brian Dignan, took over ownership, but only owned the car for four years. It was sold in 1985 to its third owner, who bought it after being convinced to do so at a dinner party! How the other half live! 

By this point, the Silver Cloud III had amassed most of the mileage it wears now. The third owner only covered 4,500 between 1985 and 2020, when the car was sold to its current owner. Treating it more as an ‘objet d'art’ rather than a car, the big Rolls was kept in dry storage most of the time. However, the car was still regularly serviced and in 2011, the lower half was repainted.

Now in a private collection, the current owner is looking to thin out the current fleet. This means this wonderful, near original Rolls could be yours. A very rare find indeed, as just over 2,000 of this model were built. Few can claim to be as original as this. 

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The Paperwork

There is a pleasing array of paperwork to complement the history of this Rolls. There are old MOTs dating back to the ‘80s. The original Silver Cloud III handbook is present and in excellent condition. And there are various invoices to support the fact this car has been looked after with little concern of what any given bill may total. 

For example, there is an invoice for works to the brakes totalling over £1,000. All the brakes were removed, new wheel cylinders were fitted, along with new brake flexes and hoses. Furthermore, the car was serviced, new rocker gaskets were fitted as was a new water pump. 

Other works include more regular servicing, all of which seems to be documented on hand-written invoices and paperwork. There was even a complete overhaul of the automatic transmission at a cost of some £2,000. 

Finally, a copy of the original order form and corresponding build sheet is present with the car. Though be warned, it makes for some wonderfully rose-tinted reading, with a tank of fuel coming at £5! If only the pumps were so forgiving today.

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The Interior

Like a familiar armchair, the beige leather seats make quick work of offering comfort and enveloping you in luxury. The cabin is a grand, refined place to be. All the wooden veneer is in excellent order having been well cared for. The dash is bright and clear, with all dials functional and reading as they should. 

All of the seats are in wonderful, aged condition. No wear or damage, instead they’re all just broken in and as such, wonderfully comfortable. The leather is still supple and isn’t dry or cracking - it’s clearly been fed over its life. Further down, the rich, deep carpets are all in great order, though may benefit from a deep clean.  It should be noted though that there is no wear or heavy staining at all. 

The doors, with their lashings of chrome and wood are all in good condition and all close with a reassuring clunk. With the doors open, we can see that all the pillars are solid and clean, with no sign of any corrosion or other issues.

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The Exterior 

As the pictures suggest, the external presentation of this Rolls Royce is excellent. The paint is rich, deep and free of any major blemishes or issues. The panel gaps are all as they should be, and the car makes for a captivating sight. The paint on the upper half is, we believe, original. However, the lower half we know to have been repainted in 2011. This has been done to a good standard on the whole, but lacks some finesse in some of the detailed areas such as the door shuts and so on. This can be seen in the photos. 

The chrome is all original and all in good condition. There is, as one would expect from a car of 1965 vintage, some very minor pitting in some areas, but it really is a case of getting up close in order to see it. 

The wheels are in good order, as are all four stainless steel wheel trims. The tyres are in good order and have plenty of life left in them from what we could see. 

This is a huge car, with an enviable amount of presence. For it to present so well and to be in such condition is the result of many years of careful, considerate ownership by people who clearly took a great deal of pride in this car. It has been cared for without limit, and it shows.

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The Mechanics 

Fire up the big V8 and you’ll soon be greeted by near silence. In a muscle car this would be bad, but in a Silver Cloud III it’s exactly what you want. The engine barely makes a hum as it settles into a happy idle. Press the throttle and there is an increase in noise, but in a wooshing, soothing way. Very, very Rolls Royce. 

The engine has covered 89,000 miles. 84,000 of those miles were covered in the car’s first twenty years. Since then, it has been used sparingly. Built for hundreds of thousands of miles, and to an impeccable standard, this V8 is barely broken in at this point. There are no untoward noises, no smoke, nothing. It is in rude health, as the service history would attest. 

The transmission, having been fully rebuilt, selects gears without hesitation, and it does so in a manner that is barely noticeable by the occupants. The brakes, too, are in excellent order having been rebuilt a number of times, and as such, bring the big Roller to a stop without a hit of hesitation. 

This car truly does live up to its name, in that it’s akin to floating along on a cloud. Quiet, reserved, but with bags of power available, it’s everything you’d hope a classic Rolls Royce would be.

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The Appeal

With the exception of the paintwork carried out in 2011, this Silver Cloud III is in wonderfully original condition. It has lived a life of being cared for with no expense spared, and that shows today via the condition of the car. Just as beautiful as it was when it rolled out of the Jack Barclay Ltd showroom in 1965, this magnificent Silver Cloud III is every bit the car you want it to be. Few cars have lived a life so comfortable, and that means that for anyone bidding, this car represents a wonderful opportunity to get behind the wheel of motoring legend. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model Silver Cloud III
  • Colour Brown & Gold
  • Odometer 89,539 Miles
  • Engine size 6230
  • Location Lancashire
Bidding history
10 bids from 6 bidders
  • Ja•••• £40,000 29/01/21
  • mi•••• £36,500 29/01/21
  • Ja•••• £35,000 29/01/21
  • Ja•••• £30,000 29/01/21
  • mi•••• £25,444 29/01/21
  • pb•••• £15,250 29/01/21
  • MP £15,000 29/01/21
  • mi•••• £12,500 29/01/21
  • so•••• £10,000 29/01/21
  • Pe•••• £1,000 29/01/21

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