1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Continental Convertible
Rolls-Royce 1966 Silver Cloud III Continental Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward
1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Continental Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward
First owner: D.Coleman of San Francisco.
Second: Noted Beverly Hills Collector Lester Braunstein
Third : Noted Beverly Hills collector and author Bob Gottlieb
Chassis no. LCSC79C
To many aficionados, the range of cars produced by Rolls-Royce and Bentley through the fifties and sixties were the last of an era in traditional luxury motorcar manufacture for which the marques were made famous. The separate chassis allowed in-house designers to pen the most elegant of designs, while outside coach-builders such as H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young were able to demonstrate their own interpretations of luxury and sporting style.
Announced in 1955, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S series utilized the separate chassis technology, and were clothed in Standard Steel coachwork. Powered by the 4.9-liter 6-cylinder engine of the Bentley R Type Continental producing an estimated 158bhp, the car was capable of approximately 100mph. The transmission was a four-speed automatic. Brakes were servo-assisted hydraulic drums and suspension was independent coils at the front and semi-elliptic springs at the rear. For the series II cars, introduced in 1959, little changed externally, but beneath the hood resided a new light alloy 6.2-liter V8 engine, capable of over 110mph with far greater torque. Better braking system and standard power steering joined the revised fascia in the short list of revisions. In the fall of 1962, the Silver Cloud III and S3 were introduced, easily distinguishable by the four headlamp arrangement.
Variants of the Continental were penned by several coach-builders, but by far the most unique designs came from Rolls-Royce's in-house H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward.
This example is the most elegant of color combinations: black exterior with tan leather, highlighted by black piping and burr walnut accents. A late production 1966 car, with the option of air conditioning and power windows. It comes with a complete set of tools, original jack, handbook and all the factory build sheets. With only 46,000 miles, we believe this may be the finest example in existence. The physical and mechanical condition of this car is the best we have ever seen.
Having graced several fine collections in the past, this fabulous automobile offers the new owner the opportunity to own one of the last truly great coach-built cars.