Lot 259 - 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
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 and boot lid. The engine was a 155hp six-cylinder unit with inlet over exhaust valves; twin SU carburettors were added in September 1957 and standard was a four-speed, automatic transmission
This early example of a Silver Cloud is in sound condition and the interior has a lovely patina to it, the black coachwork is complimented by grey trim. The huge seats are almost armchair like in their comfort and the walnut picnic tables are ideal for a Sunday afternoon cup of tea. The smooth and effortless way in which this car progresses down the road is synonymous of such a prestigious marque and, some would say, this is Rolls-Royce at its best. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate, together with a history file, this Silver Cloud is one of the better examples.
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