Year of manufacture: 1961.
Type of change: automatic.
Trivia: raises moons power.
Imported in 2009. It includes a set of replacement wheels new.
The Silver Cloud II was introduced in 1959. Little changed externally but it now had a V8 engine of 6.2 l, which took the weight to 2.11 tonnes. The performance is greatly improved and the maximum speed was raised to 183 km / h (114 mph), but the major improvements were in acceleration and torque. Power steering became standard. Windows of electric drive is available as an option.
Despite the improvement of the performance of the new car was welcomed, commentators of the time noted that the V8-engined Silver Cloud II was neither as quiet nor as smooth as the Silver Cloud straight six cylinder engine I, despite of hydraulic valve tappet of the new engine operation. The new wet-linered V8 was also a little tight in an engine bay originally intended for a unit more close:.., in order to change the spark plugs that it was necessary to remove the front wheel and the right side of the vehicle. It seems that there has been a problem with breakage of the crankshaft in the V8 engines previous: this was attributed to the lack of lubrication of the bearings.
The basic architecture of the Silver Cloud II did not change between 1959 and 1963, but there have been numerous minor changes implemented, notable among them a series of improvements in the ventilation system. The interior changes in 1961 included the adoption of lighting instruments blue , the introduction of a indicator combo switch turn signal / headlight and a warning light for hand brake. A mounting tail light remodeling was introduced in may 1962 and a change to a single seal cross was held in August of 1962.
The magazine Motor tested a Series II in 1960. We recorded a top speed of 104.7 mph (168,5 km / h), acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km / h) at 10.9 seconds and a fuel consumption of 13 miles per imperial gallon (22 l/100 km; 11 mpg - US). The cost of the test car £ 6092 including taxes.
The Silver Cloud III arrived in 1963. External dimensions were adjusted slightly, the interior refurbishment, the weight reduced by a little over 100 kg (220 lb) and improvements made to the engine which included fitting 2-inch (51 mm) carburetors HER in place of the 1 ¾ inch is used in the Series, the Silver Cloud II. The compression ratio was increased to 9:1, which reflects the high levels of octane of Premium gasoline in all major markets, although the option of a lower compression ratio 8:01 offered even in the markets where the lack of availability of fuels of a higher octane rating can be a problem.  Rolls-Royce, as before, refused to disclose the total energy production of the engine, but indicated that there had been an improvement of "perhaps 7%". The increase in the reduction of the power and the weight increased the speed and performance slightly. The engine now includes a crankshaft nitride hardened to reflect the additional energy that is generated, and in response to the reports of crankshafts broken in the Clouds of Silver at the beginning of V8. The transmission was a GM Hydramatic which Rolls-Royce used under license.
The headlights were grouped in a design of four headlights later went on to the Silver Shadow after. Other external changes include a slope slightly higher than the hood / bonnet to correspond with several inches 2.11 (3.8 cm) reduction in height of the radiator grille.
Between 1963 and 1966 there were no significant changes. Wheels stainless steel chrome replaced those in April of 1963, and a defroster rear window enhanced was introduced in November of that same year. wider front seats were fitted in January 1964, and five months later, a projector, surround sound revised now incorporated a very small RR monogram. A plate with chromed reading "Silver Cloud III" in a sort of italics you can see in the bottom right of the trunk of the majority of the examples from Spanish and european delivered, while the us versions were delivered without this badge.
As with earlier models, Rolls-Royce continued to make the chassis of the Silver Cloud available to traditional builders. A remarkable version is the so-called "eye in chinese" design, offered in head-fixed and styled Drop Head Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward. It is derived from the previous Mulliner HJ & Design Co. for the S1 and Bentley Continentals S2. To widen production in a diminishing market, this adaptation was made available for the Continental Bentley S3, as well as for the Silver Cloud III. So, of the 328 coach Stone Silver Cloud III, about 100 were of this style.
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