New York, Park Avenue
17 August 1997
1966 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III SALOON
Chassis No. LSJR 391
Shell grey with black hide interior with gray piping
Engine: V8, pushrod operated, overhead valve, 6,230cc; Gearbox: four speed automatic; Brakes: front, hydraulic and mechanical rear with servo; Suspension: front, independent coil; rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs. Left hand drive???
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was the last of its series and, indeed, the last production Rolls-Royce to retain a conventional chassis prior to the introduction of the Silver Shadow in 1966. The car had the same basic V8 engine as the Silver Cloud II although by now all of the earlier problems encountered on the V8 had been smoothed out. Horsepower was boosted by 7 due to higher compression and larger carburetors, enabling these cars to attain a top speed of 155mph. The magic 0-60mph time came up to 10.8 seconds, no mean achievement for such a large motor car, whilst driving was made even easier due to better power steering. The distinguishing feature of the third Series cars was a 1 inch lower radiator which required a slightly sloping hood line and the introduction of four front headlamps.
The third and final series of the Cloud first appeared in the fall of 1962 and continued in production until September 1965. In total just over 2,000 examples (and 253 with a longwheel base) were produced. LSKP 1 is the first of the K series cars produced which was the last series for the Silver Cloud III and therefore had all the latest improvements incorporated.
This Cloud III was delivered new from Rolls-Royce in London to Robert Dietzold of Summit, New Jersey, ordered through Peter Zage and Co. of New York. The paper trail next shows ownership to Mr. Neonakis also of Summit in 1987 at which time there was 46,581 miles on the odometer. Vantage Motorworks of South Florida aquired the car in 1994 with 49,022 miles. At this time a number of significant improvements were made and restoration work carried out. There was an entire bare-metal repaint, re-trim, detailing of under carriage, restoration of woodwork, fitment of original type sliding metal sunroof and installation of modern air-conditioning.
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