Lot 316 - 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
|Odometer reading||93,874 miles|
|Result||Sold - £8,120|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was the core model of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars range from April 1955 until March 1966. It replaced the Silver Dawn and was, in turn, replaced by the Silver Shadow. The J. P. Blatchley design was a major change from the pre-war models and the highly derivative Silver Dawn. As part of a range rationalisation, the Bentley S1 is also very similar apart from, of course, its radiator grill.
The chassis was a simple steel box section, welded together and very rigid. Construction retained the traditional split between chassis and body which facilitated the provision of special bodied versions although, in practice, the overwhelming majority of cars were delivered with the standard steel body shell, produced by Pressed Steel, and employing light weight aluminium based alloy for the doors, bonnet/hood and boot lid. The engine was a 155hp six-cylinder unit with inlet over exhaust valves; twin SU carburettors were added in September 1957 with standard was a four-speed automatic transmission.
This intriguing example has been well used throughout its lifetime. Not only does the recorded mileage indicate this but the overall condition point to many matrimonial outings and much time spent keeping this gentle giant on the road. The exterior is in largely poor condition with evidence of corrosion and filler on most panels. The interior also shows signs of heavy usage with the leather cracked and torn in places. However, the car does start and appears to run well and an MoT will be sought prior to the sale. A perfectly good roadworthy restoration project and a car that could be bought back to its former glory given some tender loving care.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.