Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe Mulliner Park Ward
The Silver Cloud II was introduced in October 1959 and was the first Rolls-Royce model to exceed Bentley in production numbers. The all-new V-8 engine had been in the planning stages since 1947, though the first prototype wasn’t run on a test bed until 1954. But the introduction of this model was so significant that for the first time in history, the all-aluminium engine was displayed alongside the new Rolls-Royce motor cars at the London Motor Show.
Historically, Rolls-Royce made changes only after exhaustive testing would prove the proposed improvements were, indeed, improvements. The new V-8 replaced the Works’ venerable straight-six engine, which in its original configuration was introduced in 1907 and fitted to the Silver Ghost. The new V-8 provided about 30% more horsepower over the previous model’s straight six engine and performance was now more than adequate. Cruising speed was further increased, in part by raising the rear axle ratio. Fuel consumption dropped from 16 mpg on the 6-cylinder cars, to about 10 mph on the new V-8. Chassis lubrication intervals were increased to 10,000 miles, as the former one-shot “Bijur” pedal pump system was replaced by 21 grease gun fittings.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
230 bhp, 6,230 cu in OHV V-8 engine, two SU carburettors, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and wishbones, semi-elliptic rear springs with electrically controlled shock absorbers, power-assisted hydraulic front and hydro-mechanical rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123”
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Dirk de Jager