Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Saloon
High-wasted and very long, the Silver Cloud was the zenith of prestige and luxury, carrying on the Rolls-Royce name from 1955–1965. Despite being new in 1955, the Silver Cloud was fitted with proven mechanicals. The elegant skin designed by John Blatchley clothed a 4.9-liter inline six from the prewar Silver Wraith, four-wheel drum brakes, and a live rear axle. But to traditionalists, all that mattered was that this was a Rolls-Royce in the grandest tradition. For nearly eleven years, until the Silver Shadow arrived in 1965, 7,248 units were produced during the production run, and they were built alongside its sister S-series Bentley. Standard bodies were produced by Pressed Steel, of Cowley, England: this was a bit of a misnomer as all doors, boot, and bonnet are constructed of aluminum. Rolls-Royce referred to itself boldly as “The Best Car in the World,” and devoutly loyal enthusiasts will no doubt agree.
The Silver Cloud I was produced from 1955–1959, with 1957 marking some important mechanical updates. Those included the fitment of a dual reservoir braking system, power steering, and the use of a larger cylinder head and larger carburetors, increasing power by an estimated ten percent. Horsepower was never officially quoted by Rolls-Royce and was simply referred to as “adequate.”
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
178 hp, 4,887 cc OHV V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers, semi-elliptic rear suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers controlled via a steering wheel switch, and hydraulic front and mechanical drum brakes with servo-assist. Wheelbase: 127"
Source: RM Auctions
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