The Silver Cloud series marked a significant step for Rolls Royce when it was introduced in April of 1955. Rolls Royce was rationalizing their production line as the days of supplying bare chassis to coachbuilders were winding down and standard showroom models were becoming ever more popular. The standardization of production allowed Rolls Royce to produce cars in greater numbers than ever before, though critically, while still maintaining the same level of quality and engineering excellence that was expected of them. The Silver Cloud was their first “mass produced” major commercial success and in the 60 years since its introduction, has become an icon of luxury motoring. Initially the Silver Cloud was fitted with a traditional iron block inline six-cylinder engine. But even before the Silver Cloud reached production, Rolls Royce engineers were hard at work designing an engine that would carry them through the next decade, and beyond. After several proposals such as a V12 and even an inline eight, engineers settled on a V8 layout that would be compact enough yet provide superior output to the current six-cylinder. This was a thoroughly advanced engine that was cast in alloy with wet liners, and wore the carburetors in the center of the “vee” to keep the dimensions as compact as possible. Development of this 6.2 liter unit wasn’t completed until after Silver Cloud production was well underway, but in 1959 it was introduced in that car which became known as the Silver Cloud II. The Silver Cloud II was visually very similar to the outgoing Cloud I, with only very minor cosmetic changes taking place. The big changes lay under the bodywork where the V8 was carefully wedged into place and several enhancements made to the chassis to improve handling, ride, and the ability to cope with the additional power. Once optional equipment, power steering became standard fitment. As before, both standard and long wheelbase chassis were offered and of the 2,717 Silver Cloud II’s built, just 299 were in long-wheelbase specification, making these particularly rare and desirable among today’s Rolls Royce enthusiasts. This handsome 1962 Silver Cloud II (S/N LLCA49) is a very rare left-hand-drive, long-wheelbase example that was delivered new to Switzerland. The previous owner was a long time caretaker having purchased the car in 1985. It appears never to have been fully restored, but rather has been very well maintained, with only light cosmetic restoration work performed on an as-needed basis. It is finished in attractive sand over sable with a Biscuit Tan Connolly leather interior and fitted with desirable Frigette Air Conditioning, power windows, and an AM radio, all of which is documented on the original build sheets, copies of which accompany the car. The paint work shows is very attractive, laid down on coachwork that is straight and solid, while the often-tricky panel gaps are tidy and consistent. Chrome and brightwork are of very good quality, showing some care-wear but otherwise quite attractive, straight and complete, in good keeping with the rest of the cosmetics. Of course, the best place to enjoy a Silver Cloud is from within the sumptuous interior. This example does not disappoint with very clean and well-appointed cabin. Leather seating is in excellent condition and the walnut woodwork is in very good order, having been refinished, but not completely restored. Air conditioning is reserved for the rear seat occupants, who also have individual book-matched walnut tray tables. Mechanically, this example appears to have been well-maintained and performs admirably. The 6.2 Liter V8 is known for its amazing longevity and this unit still runs quiet and strong, mated to the factory original four-speed automatic transmission. The car recently had a full service including all new brakes, air conditioning service, carburetor rebuilds, and new tires. The Silver Cloud remains one of the most recognizable icons of the automobile. In this, the second series, it combines that timeless elegance with effortless performance and exceptional rarity. .
Chassis number LCC.45 is one of the very rare, desirable LWB James Young aluminum bodied Rolls Royce Silver Clouds. The chassis was delivered to James Young Coachbuilders on the 22nd August 1961 and the car was delivered by Jack Barclay Ltd to its first owner, Heritable & General Investment Bank Ltd, London on 9th March 1962, also of Berkeley Square, W1. The Rolls Royce was supplied in Tudor Grey with Beige leather, power assisted steering and division. This stunning SCT 100 Rolls Royce covered very little mileage in and around London in its first thirteen years, changing hands for the first time in July 1975. We have an MOT certificate from 1975 to confirm the mileage was just 22,285. The second owner in Surrey didn't keep the car long and in September 1975 Jack Barclay Ltd sold the Rolls Royce to its third owner in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. We have records to confirm the Rolls Royce won a first in class at a Rolls Royce event in Dearborn, Michigan in 1977. By 1977 the Rolls Royce had covered 24000 miles. The Rolls Royce returned to the UK in 1988 having being kept in lovely, original condition as expected when participating in club events. We know that since been back in the UK,
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Mulliner Drophead Coupe ID # LSDD146, Eng # SD 73, Design # 7410 1 of only 12 LHD Built!!! The Silver Cloud I was built between 1955 and 1959. A total of 2359 were built. Of these great cars, H.J. Mulliner bodied a small batch of 22 cars to a special design (7410). These cars were all convertibles and constructed in aluminum. The Silver Cloud I was the last Rolls-Royce to have a 6 cylinder engine. These silent running motor were a 4.9 liter unit that were know to last up to 200,000 miles before an overhaul. This particular car is the number three car made and the second one built in 1957. A writer said about the SCI "The finest car in the world" A recent restoration has put this wonderful H.J. Mulliner body design back to its former glory.
Beautiful original interior with somptuous wood veneer finish Automatic four-speed gearbox Air conditionning Only 3 owners from new Same owner during 28 years US papers - European taxes paid
The Silver Cloud series was a dramatically different and very important car for Rolls-Royce. The market for bespoke, coachbuilt cars was beginning to dry up, so Rolls-Royce needed a car that could be mass produced – at least in a Rolls-Royce sense of “mass” production. Of course, they did not want to neglect their high end clientele who still demanded exclusive coachbuilt cars. As a result, the Silver Cloud was developed on a full ladder frame, a characteristic that allowed the master coachbuilders to still practice their craft. But what set it and its mechanically identical sibling, the Bentley S1, apart was the fact that they were mainly sold with the Standard Steel Saloon body built by Pressed Steel, Inc. The standard car, penned by J.P. Blatchley, was a beautifully modern interpretation of the classic, swooping Silver Dawn that preceded it. The fully enveloped body was built in steel with aluminum alloy used for the hood, trunk and doors. Power was courtesy of a large, smooth running inline-six mated to an automatic transmission – a GM Hydramatic built under license. Three series of Silver Clouds were produced between 1955 and 1966. The biggest changes could be found on the Cloud II with the arrival of an all-alloy, 6.2 Liter V8 engine, and the Cloud III with its freshened up body featuring quad headlamps, a shorter grille and subtly sloping bonnet. The Cloud III now had standard electric windows, a slight bump in power and refinement for the V8, and a host of small but effective changes that make the Cloud III among the most desired of the standard saloons. The car proved wildly popular by Rolls-Royce standards, with 6,699 standard cars built, plus a handful of coachbuilt, long wheelbase and commercial hearses and even some shooting brake wagons. Of that total, 2,044 Silver Cloud III’s left the Crewe works, when it was ultimately replaced by the Silver Shadow. This 1965 Silver Cloud III is a lovely, well-maintained car in honest and original condition throughout. The odometer reads just 54,690 miles, which, when taking into consideration the integrity of this car, very likely indicates the true mileage. The body is finished in Mason's Black, a suitably elegant shade for a Cloud III, and the paint quality is quite good. It is pleasingly attractive and very presentable, though it is showing a few signs of regular use and a ding or two, but it is nothing that detracts from its good looks. The exterior chrome is all in fine order, appearing largely original and straight. The prominent stainless radiator shell is also in very good condition. The best part of the Silver Cloud experience is the sumptuous interior. This car’s red leather sets off the black exterior quite splendidly. The original leather is surprisingly good, showing a bit of wear but mostly in the form of a nice, pleasant patina of age that suits this type of car so well. Maroon carpeting appears to be new and is in very good order. The extensive wood trim appears totally original and is nicely presented with an honest, moderate patina and no signs of serious delamination. It is typically equipped with electric windows, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. The Cloud III is the most desirable of the Silver Cloud series. The big V8 of the Cloud III breaths through large 2” S.U. carburetors and the GM-derived transmission is smooth and durable. Although the Cloud/S-series were built in larger numbers than any Rolls-Royce/Bentley model before, they still retained the exceptional level of quality, refinement and longevity that is a cornerstone of the Rolls Royce legacy.
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe Adaptation by H.J.Mulliner - Countryman by Harold Radford Of the 107 Drophead Coupe Adaptations built to style number 7504, chassis number SXC465 is the only one known to have been built with London coachbuilder Harold Radford’s special Countryman Touring accoutrements, more often fitted to four door cars and the occasional custom-built shooting brake. Amongst the most elegant post-war bodies created for Rolls-Royce was the Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner, design number 7504. The car was known as an “Adaptation,” and it was created using a factory standard steel saloon body that had been modified into a convertible by removing the steel top, fitting two doors in place of the usual four, and adding a modified chromed waistline molding. So extensive were Mulliner’s modifications that the resulting car was, in its every detail, essentially fully coachbuilt. Radford’s Countryman package was intended to make our Rolls-Royce suitable for extended journeys “into the rough” by providing all of the comforts of home for its well-to-do passengers; The trip might begin at home by filling the capacious boot, with a specially built, expanded lid, with supplies for the journey. What can not fit into the boot may be stowed in four pieces of bespoke Antler luggage, stored atop the fold-flat rear seat behind the driver and passenger. Special cubbyholes hidden throughout the interior house magazine racks, cosmetics for the lady, and a notebook. Upon arrival at his destination, occupants might unpack from the boot and unfold a small table, suitable for cards or dining for two, seated on a pair of “toadstool seats,” small stools attachable to the rear bumper overriders. The result was a completely comfortable spot for a gentleman and friend to enjoy the spoils picked up at Harrods’, Fortnum & Mason, or ones preferred provisioner, before leaving London. In equal measure; a fine automobile, as well as an essential lifestyle accessory for the sporting outdoors-person in addition to representing a sound investment for the future. Interested parties are urged to give the very highest priority to viewing. Please telephone for an appointment.
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud IIDrophead HJ Mulliner Adaptation The launch of the Silver Cloud II saw Rolls-Royce take a very significant step forward in the performance stakes. This newly developed V8 engine, constructed mainly in aluminium and featuring hydraulic tappets to ensure quiet running, produced nearly 25% more power than the motor it replaced. In the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was a motor car capable of long distance touring at far higher cruising speeds than had ever been available before. The vast majority of cars produced between late 1959 and early 1962 were the factory design, universally referred to as the Standard Steel Saloon. A very limited number of cars however were modified at the Chiswick works of HJ Mulliner to Design Number 7504. Retaining the basic line of the coachwork in the form of an exceedingly elegant drophead coupe. Correctly termed “Adaptation By HJ Mulliner” these highly exclusive cars are not to be confused with examples that have more recently been converted. The car presented here is one of only 75 original Left Hand Drive Adaptations by HJ Mulliner to leave the Chiswick works. Imported into the United States by Rolls-Royce Inc. and sold via the officially appointed distributor JS Inskip, inc. 304 East 64th Street, New York 21, New York. Rarely available and highly desirable this model has become one of the most sought after post war Rolls-Royce automobiles. Our car has been the subject of meticulous renovation and refurbishment and stands today as one of the finest we have ever had the privilege of offering for sale.
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