A beautiful Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe previously owned by movie star and Persuaders icon Tony Curtis will go under the hammer in July.
Curtis had an outstanding acting career spanning six decades with his greatest success on the big screen between 1957-1960. The star was first recognised for his dramatic acting ability when he co-starred with Burt Lancaster in the 1957 movie ‘Sweet Smell of Success.’
Other roles included ‘Some Like it Hot,’ which co-starred Jack Lemon and Marilyn Monroe and ‘Operation Petticoat.’
1 of 27 LHD Examples
The 1 of only 27 left hand drive Drophead Coupes built with H.J. Mulliner Coachwork will be offered by Mecum at their Indy 2020 sale 10 – 18 July as part of the Richard Welkowitz Estate Collection.
The stunning Rolls-Royce was ordered specially by Tony Curtis who kept it for 18 long years between 1963-1981.
Further ownership continued under Spence Stillman from 1981-1984 and Jean Blanchett from 1984-1993, before joining the Richard Welkowitz Collection in 1993.
The amazing ‘Roller’ was also the subject of an in-depth meticulous restoration costing in excess of $500,000 and completed in 2014.
Updated auction page can be found via this link.
The Silver Cloud III was the final flourishing of the Cloud family and by far the most capable, with an aluminum 6230cc V-8, mated to GM’s 4-speed Hydramatic transmission.
Larger carburetors, a raised compression ratio and other developments made this one the the swiftest Clouds ever with a top speed of around 120mph, although the figures were often scripted in anecdotal fashion.
Aesthetics were addressed by the addition of quad headlamps, a more sloping hood and shorter radiator grille that punched a smaller hole in the air and made the Cloud III perceptibly sleeker.
It was a fine way to bring an era to a close, as the Cloud III was the last mainstream Rolls-Royce with body-on-frame construction, and although the vast majority were clothed in Standard Steel factory bodies, it gave the dwindling number of British coachbuilders one last chance to flourish.
Details of this amazing Rolls-Royce can be found here.