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Facing increasing competition from rivals and with development of its 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 -.
Launched in the late 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.
In 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 sister debuted, using the 6.2-litre V8 engine, with larger carburettors, new distributor and raised compression ratio - and came with a four-speed torque converter as standard equipment. Among many changes from the preceding models was the adoption of four-headlamp lighting 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 huge success both in the UK and abroad, remaining in production until the autumn of 1965.
Beautifully designed and coached by H.J. Mulliner, only fifty four Flying Spur exited the works in North London bearing the “Flying Lady”.
This stunning and rare Flying Spur is, in Rolls-Royce circles, believed to be the lowest mileage and most original example of this very small production. With only three previous owners, (two of them had an extensive collection of cars) and just 37,000miles from new, this very stylish Rolls-Royce will drive you in comfort to any event of distinction.
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Bespoke financial arrangements are available to assist in the purchase of this car.
This Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud SIII is available in Chiswick