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Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Ii


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The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I engine had effectively run its course by 1959 and could not be developed any further. The approximate 160bhp power output was more than sufficient but due to pressures and competition elsewhere Rolls-Royce sought out an improved power unit to deliver more speed whilst retaining the refined performance. The answer was a complete move away from the six cylinder inline engine configuration, to an all new V8 engine boasting 6,230cc and an estimated 200bhp, boosting the power by nearly 25%. It had been developed at Crewe for some years prior and was an immediate success. It was constructed almost entirely in aluminium and was of a very similar weight to the S1 Continentals engine, but featured hydraulic tappets to ensure quiet running. A few other mechanical aspects were modified including the braking and lubrication systems, with automatic transmission and power steering now standard fittings, making the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II a motor car capable of far higher cruising speeds than ever before. The vast majority of the production between late 1959 and early 1962 were the factory design, commonly known as the “Standard Steel Saloon.” However a limited number of cars were adapted at the H.J. Mulliner works in Chiswick to design number 7504, retaining the basic lines of the coachwork in the form of a very elegant drophead coupe. The correct term for this rare and desirable motor car is an “Adaptation” by H.J. Mulliner and should not be confused with cars that have subsequently been converted in more recent times. Chassis No LSWC524 is one of seventy five original cars completed by H.J.Mulliner in left hand drive on the Silver Cloud II chassis. It was supplied new by Inskip in New York to its first owner, Mr McCormick Blair of Chicago Illinois, finished in sand over sable with tan hides. The specification included a heavy gauge frame, power lift windows, safety belts to both the front seats, a split bench type front seat and Dunlop whitesided tubeless tyres. As you can see by the photographs, the cars appearance today some fifty three years on remains somewhat the same as the day it was delivered to its first owner, with the one exception being the interior which has been re-trimmed in beige with brown piping to compliment the coachwork. It is understood that the car remained in the United States for several decades before being purchased by a collector in Cannes some years ago. In 2006 it was purchased by the most recent owner and became part of his collection in Geneva. During this time it has been properly maintained regardless of cost. Chassis No LSWC524 is complete with bills and an intact original small tool kit, located in the boot of the car. This beautiful example will be serviced and prepared in our workshops as per our normal policy to ensure the next owner reliability and correct performance. This beautiful model has become one of the most sought after post war Rolls-Royce motor cars and in our opinion will continue to be appreciated and admired for many years to come. (Please note that this vehicle is currently Swiss registered. Importation back into the European Union would require a 5% tax to be paid on the sale price)

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    Rolls-Royce > Silver Cloud II



125 Harlequin Avenue
Twickenham, TW8 9EW, London
United Kingdom

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