1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I news, pictures, specifications, and information
Drop Head Coupe
Designer: Mulliner
The first series of Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was the replacement for the Silver Dawn and the last six-cylinder Rolls-Royce ever built.

Rolls-Royce mechanics were reliable as ever on this car; the 4.9-liter six cylinder engine had been known to run for 200,000 miles without major overhaul. The suspension was softer than in the past, with electrically adjustable rear shock absorbers. The interior had leather pile upholstery, and the luxurious appointments included folding center armrest and slide out picnic tables, ashtrays and vanity mirrors.

Of the 2,359 first-series Silver Clouds, all but 121 were bodied in the factory and were available either in single colors or two tones. The others included sedans by J. Young, and 38 convertibles coupes by H. J. Mulliner. This car is one of 13 original 38 cars built with left-hand drive.

This car was in entire original condition prior to itís first-ever restoration. It has only 24,000 miles on the odometer making it the lowest mileage example in existence.
Convertible Aluminum Body
Coachwork: Mulliner
Build Num: 7410
Luxury Clothed in Aluminum
In 1955 Rolls-Royce introduced its first all new car since the end of World War II. In the tradition of ghostly names, it was called the Silver Cloud. Although it was available as a standard steel saloon, owners o  [Read More...]
Saloon
Chassis Num: LSKG 39
Sold for $90,750 at 2016 RM Auctions.
In April 1955 the new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud appeared. Rolls-Royce chief designer John Polwhele Blatchley had tailored the attractive perfectly balanced body.  [Read More...]
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis Num: LSHF 169
Engine Num: SF 84
Sold for $671,000 at 2017 RM Auctions.
After World War II, Rolls-Royce began offering standard-steel bodied cars that could be produced quicker and provide added supplement to their custom and semi-custom line of vehicles. This began with their Silver Dawn and continued with their Silver  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
Drop Head Coupe
Designer: Mulliner
A fine older restoration of an alloy bodied, Mulliner convertible, and the only one equipped from new with air conditioning and power windows. It was originally ordered for the actress Debbie Reynolds by her husband, Harry Karle, and has done 44,000   [Read More...]
LWB Saloon
This vehicle is a 1959 Silver Cloud I Long Wheelbase Saloon. The standard wheelbase measured 123-inches while the longer versions rested on a 127-inch platform. These were significantly more expensive as well; the base price for the Saloon was $15,  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2008
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: James Young
This Silver Cloud I has coachwork by James Young. It was the second of two such aluminum-bodied works and it was delivered on May 22, 1959, to Alfred Hart of Bel Air, CA, finished, according to the factory built sheets, in Dark Grey with red hides. I  [Read More...]
Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LSMH65
Sold for $583,000 at 2017 RM Auctions.
This is the second of only four H.J. Mulliner Radford-designed Estate Wagon Conversions built, all of them on the left drive 1959 Silver Cloud chassis for United States delivery, each equipped to order. This second example was originally supplied on   [Read More...]
Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Mulliner
After Harold Radford LTD had been taken over by H.J. Mulliner they produced four Silver Clouds with Harold Radford Design No: 7501, estate car bodies. Three are still known to exist and this is one of the remaining three.

The car is equippe  [Read More...]
Convertible
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis Num: LSJF202
Engine Num: SF226
Sold for $742,500 at 2014 RM Auctions.
This Silver Cloud I was delivered through the Garage de l'Athénée, of Geneva, Switzerland, to Count François de Salverte on April 11th of 1958. The second owner had it shipped to the Únited States and treated it to a concours-quality restoration. The body was finished in the creamy white known as Magnolia, and given a correct, heavily padded tan cloth top and fitted tonneau cover.

This one-off Drophead Coupe wîth coachwork by James Young has been driven only a few hundred miles since the completion of the restoration (it has been driven nearly 37,000 miles from new).

In 1998, the car was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014

Source - Blackhawk Collection
Convertible Aluminum Body
Coachwork: Mulliner
This 1959 Silver Cloud I features the H.J. Mulliner style 7410 aluminum bodied convertible. Only 12 left drives were built from 1956 through 1959 (each one reportedly at a net loss) before Rolls-Royce decided to economize by supplying standard 4-door  [Read More...]
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LSMH57
Engine Num: SH28
Sold for $715,000 at 2015 RM Auctions.
Part-way through the production run of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, the company offered a drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner, style number 7504. This new design, referred to as an adaption, was different from previous Mulliner Drophead Coupes and mad  [Read More...]
Touring Saloon
Coachwork: Hooper
Rolls-Royce learned with its Silver Dawn model that its loyal customers were willing to accept standardized bodies that were considerably less expensive than those provided by specialty coachbuilders. When the Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955, it   [Read More...]
Saloon
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis Num: CLC 14
This is a first-series Silver Cloud that was finished at the Rolls-Royce works near the end of 1958. It was ordered through Swiss agency S.A. du Garage de L'Athnnoe and was to be displayed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. It is a long wheelbase ver  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016
The next major model change took place in 1955 wîth the introductions of the Silver Cloud. It was fitted wîth 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 wîth an automatic gearbox although a few were manual.

The rear brakes were combined hydraulic and mechanical wîth the usual Rolls-Royce gearbox-driven servo. Front suspension was by unequal length wishbones and coil springs wîth 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, wîth 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 wîth 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 SÚ 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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