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1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Before the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, Rolls-Royce was seen as a manufacturer of luxury cars for English aristocrats. The purchasing choices of a number of celebrities produced a change in the perception of the Rolls-Royce brand, with the result that it picked up new potential customers. This was a huge boon because gaining access to new segments of luxury car consumers opened up a lot of new possibilities for the luxury car manufacturer. Something that continues to have an important impact in the present day. Elvis bought one in 1960, which was in addition to other Rolls-Royce cars that he had bought. Likewise, both Frank Sinatra and John Lennon are known to have bought Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds as well. Unsurprisingly, these purchasing choices had an interesting impact on the choices of other consumers in the luxury car market. For consignment, a straight, body repaired, resprayed, now rust-free car from 1965. This was the last year for the Silver Cloud III, so one could say the last year to see the Rolls in its classic design form. Some would say old and outdated, I would say when you have something that works keep it going, but alas things ultimately changed. Exterior A very tasteful Tudor Gray respray covers the exterior. Chrome and brite work are very nicely preserved, and the iconic large grille, and this year flanked by dual headlights in oval nacelles. The Spirit of Ecstasy tops off the radiator and fronts the long hood. We are still using folding side cowlings in lieu of a hood, so we need to access each side to see the engine. The rear with its very spacious passenger compartment, and space to lease out trunk, will hold almost anything for the long haul. Interior With red leather hides on the seats and padded door panels, with the seats showing some wear, and cracking, this car has a definite patina to the interior. The rear bench is in a bit better condition, but still showing patina. We need to make note of the beautiful hand selected burl that trims the upper door panels and makes up the front of the long dash. A slight bit of crazing can be seen throughout on the finish of the burl. Also, rear passengers can have a fold down tray which is also covered in the burl. Red Wilton wool carpeting covers the floors and appears in good condition. A felt headliner is tight, and original. Power windows, dual climate controls, a radio and an 8-track player are in the dash, along with the usual gauges and knobs. Drivetrain Upgraded (from the 6 cylinder) ...a factory V8 6.2 Liter with 2 SU carburetors feeding it that puts out a nice power range as you are taken through the automatic gears in the 4-speed transmission. Undercarriage Nicely done with no visible rust, surface or otherwise, either through remediation or covering with undercoating, none is seen. 4-wheel drum brakes are noted. A last year of generation III of the Silver Cloud, this one has been brought back with no rust, and mechanically sound. A mere 2 owners, and the second one states he only put 200 miles on this car, you are sure to get around in all the best of British motoring style. I say....
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6.2 Liter V8
4 Speed Automatic
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