At the end of the 1950s the Rolls-Royce six-cylinder engine was at the limit of its development, and though top speed was still excellent the acceleration was becoming modest when compared to the American luxury competition. Rolls-Royce had been developing a V8 engine for some years, and finally introduced it in the autumn of 1959. The new unit was all-aluminium and featured steel wet liners, whilst displacement went up to 6230 c.c. Thanks to this the top speed of the Cloud, renamed the Cloud II in this guise, jumped to 113 m.p.h.
Acceleration was improved as well, with the 0-60 m.p.h. time of 14.2 for the Cloud II’s predecessor being reduced to 10.9 seconds, a very noteworthy achievement.
The Cloud III model introduced a further up-rated engine with larger SU carburettors, and a higher compression ratio yielding an additional 15 b.h.p. There was also more power assistance for the steering. Externally the model was readily recognizable by the provision of paired headlamp mountings, and shortening of the radiator grille.
The Cloud III for sale here is a right-hand drive car that started its life in the UK before being exported to the US. In total it has had three owners with the previous owner being the custodian from 1983 until 2014. This Rolls Royce is a lovely drophead coupe version of this elegant model and was recently subject to a thorough bodywork and interior restoration. The engine and running gear have also been restored by a Rolls Royce and Bentley Marque specialist in the UK. The vehicle has travelled minimal mileage since restoration and also benefits from a new electric hood and headlining.
This Rolls Royce drophead looks absolutely splendid finished in midnight Blue with Grey Blue interior. Such an elegant and stylish motorcar that portrays a truly regal image. This surely is an opportunity not to be missed.