62 rolls royce
Ron Allain

New Port Richey, FL

#1 Nov 26, 2012
looking to purchase a 62 rolls just looking
any advise
I'm in the Tampa Florida area
Jan Forrest

Rotherham, UK

#2 Nov 27, 2012
By my reckoning a '62 would be a Silver Cloud III. As any car of the era a thick sheaf of servicing and repair receipts is essential. Also cars of the time weren't well protected against corrosion so a good check on the chassis, wheel arches, etc is vital.

Drive testing the car. Everything inside should work! Windows, locks, instruments and so on. The leather should be gently worn, but not dry and cracked and the colour should have been at least touched up when the hide has had its regular 'feed' and polish. The car should start at the first touch of the key and immediately settle down to a relatively high idle of 1200-1300 rpm. Once it's up to full operating temperature that should drop to under 800 rpm with no hint of roughness.

On the road the transmission should shift almost imperceptibly with no jerking or 'dead spots' in it. The engine note should never sound raucous or even particularly loud. Don't expect sports car preformance or handling, but the car should be able to keep up with urban traffic while the suspension will be comfortable without any tendency to wallow in corners. Nor should it be soft enough to engender feelings of motion sickness in all but the most sensitive of passengers.

Due to the relatively high investment factor of buying a classic car and the similarly high maintenance and running costs of even the best of them, it's got to be a good idea to take along someone far more aware of the possible pitfalls of buying a lemon. No matter the care and attention to detail that was taken in building these carriages purely by hand they have spent several decades in the hands of people, not all of whom may have had the mechanical sympathy required to keep the car in the best possible condition.

Obviously the cheaper the car, the more money you will have to add to the cost to ensure a clean, driveable and long term investment. This isn't to say that paying through the nose will guarantee that the car is 'straight and true'. There are a lot of sharks out there all too willing to bodge up a rusty hulk with all manner of cheats to make it seem to be far better than it is. I know most of them to my cost and I will not detail them here as it could give people ideas that they don't already have!

Good luck.

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