Lot 13: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
Rolls-Royce launched the Silver Cloud in April 1955. It was based on a completely new closed box section frame that was reputedly 50 percent stiffer than that of the outgoing Silver Dawn. The distinguished-looking standard body was penned by in-house designer John Polwhele Blatchley, the proportions of which belied its considerable overall length of 17ft 8in and clothed all but 157 of the 2,360 Cloud Is eventually produced. The car was powered by an alloy-headed, straight-six engine of 4887cc that delivered some 155bhp at 4,000 rpm. This was mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Braking was by servo-assisted 11-inch drums all round. The suspension was independent with coil springs at the front and featured a live axle hung on semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear. The Silver Cloud II unveiled in 1959 brought a redesigned ventilation system and standardised power steering. The biggest change, however, was the replacement of the 4.9-litre six-cylinder engine with an all-alloy 6.2-litre V8 unit. The unquoted output was sufficient to whisk the newcomer to 60mph in under 11 seconds and on to a top speed of 112mph. A total of 2,717 Cloud IIs were built between 1959 and 1962. This right-hand drive Cloud II hails from 1961 and is finished in Black over Grey teamed with Grey leather upholstery and Dark Blue carpets. It has reportedly just been treated to a £2,000 service, during which the carburettors were overhauled and reset along with the ignition, new plugs and HT leads fitted, and the oil and coolant replaced. The interior is further understood to have been retrimmed in top grade leather and the woodwork reconditioned. The vendor now considers the bodywork and paintwork to be "superb", the interior "super" and the engine and transmission "excellent". 'MEV 578C' is MOT'd until the end of January next year.
H&H Sales Limited, Rockingham Castle
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Engine capacity (cc)||6230|
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|Number of doors||2|