Lot 268 - 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
|Odometer reading||79,249 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was a massive improvement over its predecessor, the Cloud I. The six-cylinder engine gave way to a 6.2 litre, V8 increasing its top speed to over 110 miles an hour; significant given the sheer size and proportions of this most elegant of motor cars. It's monocoque frame was also a significant advantage over the previous coach-built examples, especially combined with increased acceleration, torque and accompanying power steering.
This example, chassis SAE437, was originally delivered through the James Young Limited, Bromley territory to Brady's Motors of Essex. Its final destination being Frank Yovell Esq of Biddenden in Kent. Presented in, it was additionally ‘spec’d’ from the factory with electric windows, a 630T radio and Dunlop tubeless tyres. Sometime later, this vehicle found its way to the sunny state of California in the USA where it remained under the ownership of Mr. Kim Stapp. In 2013, it was repatriated and became the property of Mr. Simon Holloway of Spilsby in Lincolnshire. After another sale in 2020, a full inspection and overhaul took place. This included the removal of the master cylinder and rebuild, new brake pipes as required, new brake hoses, new exhaust sections, new spark plugs and tuning all to a figure just shy of £6,000. Also included are a number of MoT test certificates, the latest of which expires in November this year. The paint finish, in a classic Cloud colour combination of ‘silver over shell grey’ with matching beige leather interior is, though thoroughly presentable, arguably not up to the good structural state of the factory coachwork and in due course could be refinished. This most elegant example drives well and could be used quite happily and driven from the sale.
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