In 1903, Rolls-Royce Limited began manufacturing cars. Currently, the factory at Goodwood is the fifth Rolls-Royce UK-based automobile production facility since 1904. The previous four were located in Manchester, London, Derby, and Crewe.
The characteristic Rolls-Royce badge on the front of the grill changed from red to black in 1934 upon the death the prior year of patriarch Henry Royce. The Phantom III of 1934 was the first Rolls-Royce to display the black badge, as it was the first car without benefit of Mr. Royce's input.
With the introduction of the Silver Ghost in 1906, the Rolls Royce cars were acclaimed as 'the best cars in the world' by Autocar magazine. The appellation has continued to be used, and deserved, by Rolls-Royce ever since.
Cars produced through the years included the Silver Ghost, Phantom I, II and III, wraith, Silver Wraith, Silver Dawn and Silver Cloud. The Silver cloud was introduced in 1955, first with the traditional six cylinder engine and then in 1959 with an aluminum V-8 coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. A total of 2716 Silver Cloud II's were produced. They were built with a steel body with aluminum hood, doors and trunk lid. Top speed is 104.7 mph, 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds, and with a fuel consumption of 11 miles a gallon.
This Saloon was produced for the Canadian Market. It is a superb example of the iconic British luxury car and has been owned by the current owner since 1999.