Rolls Royce introduced the Silver Cloud model in April of 1955. It followed the production run of the Silver Dawn, and the relocation of manufacturing to Crewe. The new model was to be somewhat larger, substantially roomier, just as nimble and no less speedy. In addition, provisions were added for conveniences such as power assisted steering, automatic transmission and improved ventilation. Initially, 'sufficient' power came from a staid six-cylinder engine.

The Silver Cloud Series II, introduced in August 1959 saw the introduction of eight-cylinder power. This offset the tendency for both production and coach built bodies, which had become progressively heavier.

The final iteration, the Silver Cloud III, began production in September 1962.


Vehicle Profiles

Saloon

Chassis Num: LSEV29
Engine Num: SV14E

Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their Cloud and S-Type predecessors. The duo's performance, however, was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminum-alloy V8 en....[continue reading]

Long Wheelbase Touring Limo
Coachwork: James Young

Chassis Num: LCAL 1
Engine Num: CL1A

This James Young Touring Limousine is the first of only seven left-hand drive all-aluminum examples built from 1963-1964. This Silver Cloud III long wheelbase car is finished in midnight Blue over Blue Grey hides. It was taken straight from the facto....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSCX447

This 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Drophead Coupe is 1 of 27 left-hand-drives ever built. This 73,673 mile example was refinished in New York City about 12 years ago. During 1998-1999 the mechanical aspects were reviewed and rebuilt as ....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

This Silver Cloud III is considered the prelude to the Silver Shadow models of the mid-1960s. It featured increased compression, for additional power allowing for options such as air conditioning. It carried a lower radiator and four headlights. This....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSDW 87
Engine Num: SW 43 D

This 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner was once in the care of legendary singer and dancer, Sammy Davis Jr. Mr. Davis Jr. purchased the car in April of 1963. The car was painted in period Sand livery wit....[continue reading]

Long Wheelbase Touring Limo
Coachwork: James Young

Chassis Num: CCL 33

In the limousine market during the 1950s, Rolls-Royce catered to the wealthy, heads of state, and royalty with their Phantom IV and Silver Wraith. With the introduction of the Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type, a long-wheelbase version of this modern d....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Six is probably amongst the shortest of all production runs, but such is the story of the Silver Cloud four-door Drophead cabriolet. This car, delivered in July 1965, was the last one produced. The model began when famed toy manufacturer, Louis Marx,....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSCX 789
Engine Num: SX394C

Most of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III models were bodied as a saloon, however, those with the means could order bespoke coachwork through coachbuilder Mulliner Parks Ward. This particular car, is one such example, and one of only 27 left-hand-driv....[continue reading]

Saloon

Chassis Num: LSDW231

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955 and would receive continuous methodical development to the Silver Cloud II, introduced in 1959. This was followed by the Silver Cloud III, introduced towards the end of 1962. The Silver Cloud III br....[continue reading]

Saloon
Chassis #: LSEV29 
Long Wheelbase Touring Limo by James Young
Chassis #: LCAL 1 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSCX447 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSDW 87 
Long Wheelbase Touring Limo by James Young
Chassis #: CCL 33 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSCX 789 
Saloon
Chassis #: LSDW231 

History

The next major model change took place in 1955 with the introductions of the Silver Cloud. It was fitted with the current 4,887cc engine, but a totally new pressed-steel body was designed and the streamlined, elegant and perfectly balanced look of this car made it an instant success. Most cars were fitted with an automatic gearbox although a few were manual.

The rear brakes were combined hydraulic and mechanical with the usual Rolls-Royce gearbox-driven servo. Front suspension was by unequal length wishbones and coil springs with rear semi-elliptic electrically controlled dampers. A top speed of 106 mph was possible.

The press called the new Silver Cloud the 'finest car in the world' and said, 'There is little doubt that these find new cars will carry on the maker's tradition and reputation.' They were right: orders came from all around the world, with an unprecedented number from America, where it proved to be extremely popular in Hollywood.

The Silver Cloud II, launched in 1959, retained the same body as the Silver Cloud I, but was powered by a completely new V8 engine of 6,230cc. Coupled with automatic transmission as standard, the Silver Cloud II set new standards of refinement and performance. The 'Autocar' wrote: 'Only by adopting advanced production methods and thereby increasing yearly output can a superlative machine like this be made today at a price its clientele can afford. The Rolls-Royce is one of very few surviving top quality cars; the maintained standard of overall excellence is rewarded by full order books, and a world reputation which has never stood higher.'

In 1962, a lower bonnet line and twin headlamps were introduced and the Cloud III was born. Engine power was upped by 15% and the top speed rose to 117 mph. The compression ratio was increased and the 1-inch SU carburetors replaced by 2-inch units.

A 1963 road test stated: 'It is a pity that a connoisseur's car like the Rolls-Royce remains far beyond the dreams of the vast majority of the World's motorists, but good to know that cars of this quality can be built still and that there is a healthy market for them. They set a standard that is really appreciated best when one returns to driving lesser cars.'

The Silver Cloud range prompted the immortal line used in its advertising, 'At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.'

Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The last of the Rolls-Royce separate-chassis cars from Crewe, the Silver Cloud was the main vehicle manufactured by Rolls-Royce from April 1955 until March 1966. The Silver Cloud replaced the Silver Dawn and was eventually replaced by the Silver Shadow. A major update from the pre-war models, the main design work was accomplished by J.P. Blatchley.

With a simple steel box section, the chassis was welded together and was very rigid while construction was still split into chassis and pressed steel and aluminum coachwork. It wasn't until the Silver Shadow that the uni-body construction arrived.

Weighing a total of 1.95 ton's, the Silver Cloud measured 5.38 m long and 1.90 m wide. Transmission was a four-speed automatic with an engine that was a 4.9 L six-cylinder unit. Suspension was independent coils at the front and semi-elliptic springs at the rear while the brakes were servo-assisted hydraulic drums.

In 1959 the Silver Cloud II was introduced with minor changes externally, but with the addition of a 6.2 L V8 engine with now pushed the vehicles weight to 2.11 tons. The top speed jumped to 183 km/h while the biggest improvements were showcased in acceleration and torque. Essentially the Silver Cloud with a different engine, the Rolls-Royce new 6.2-liter light-alloy V8 has been said to have been inspired by Cadillac's 1949 OHV unit.

Identical in everything but the nameplate, and of course, the Rolls-Royce radiator and mascot, the Silver Cloud II favored the companion Bentley S-Type Series II. 229 units of this model were long-wheelbase limo's with division window and handcrafted coachwork, though most of these vehicles had the ‘standard steel' sedan body. Though falling behind the rising standard of chassis refinement, the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was still the ‘Best Car in the World'.

In 1963 the Silver Cloud III was unveiled with slightly updated external tweaks and a remodeled interior. The weight of this newest model was reduced by almost 100 kg which resulted in boosted engine speed and slight performance. Very similar to the later Silver Shadow, the headlights were updated to a four-headlamp layout.

A total of 2,238 units of the Silver Cloud were produced during its production time.

By Jessica Donaldson

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