‘The size and grandeur of the car… deceive one about the performance which would do justice to many a car of more sporting pretensions. The finish, both in detail and the broader sense of equipment and trim, is superb.’ – Motor magazine on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III.
As well as the factory-bodied cars, bespoke creations from James Young and the recently merged firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (by this time Rolls-Royce-owned) continued to be available on the ’Cloud III chassis for those discerning enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford them. Indeed, as the factory did not offer a convertible or drophead coupé, a coachbuilt car was the only option if one’s preference was Rolls-Royce-style fresh air motoring. First introduced in 1958, H J Mulliner’s was the most successful of its type, lasting into 1963; more modern ‘straight-through wing’ designs became the preferred style thereafter. Of the latter, by far the most striking were those bodied in a style originated by Park Ward. This design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, first appeared, on the Bentley S2 Continental, in 1959 but did not become available on non-Continental models (both Bentley and Rolls-Royce) until after the arrival of the Silver Cloud III and S3 in 1962. These ‘Chinese Eye’ models – so called because of their slanting headlamp nacelles – constituted the majority of coachbuilt variants completed between 1962 and 1966.
This wonderful ‘Chinese Eye’ Silver Cloud III is offered with single family ownership from new. Complete with its original sales invoice, with its envelope from Rolls Royce Motor Cars this car is offered with a wonderful History file. The car was used throughout Europe for commuting to the Switzerland in the 1960’s and early 1970’s before it was parked in a garage in North London.
Most recently discovered after 20 years in dry storage this left hand drive example is offered today for the first time to the open market since it was new in 1965. Both engine and transmission are confirmed to be in good order as too is the chassis. The Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd still carries the original deep mahogany paintwork and the magnolia interior. It is wonderfully original and time warped.
This wonderful Chinese eye presents its new custodian a unique opportunity to be the second owner from new of a wonderfully original left land drive S III Continental. Quite simply unique.