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1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II

Production of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud began in 1955 at the Crewe facilities and served as a replacement for the Silver Dawn. It was given an entirely new chassis with an independent front suspension and semi-elliptic rear springs. There were adjustable rear shock absorbers which were controlled by a switch on the steering column. Hydraulically-operated brakes provided the stopping power. Power steering was standard shortly after the model's introduction. The six-cylinder engine found in the Silver Dawn was retained for the Cloud, however capacity rose to 4.9-liters and power was sent to the rear wheels via a new four-speed automatic transmission originally developed by General Motors and built under license. The styling of the standard steel coachwork was courtesy of John Blatchley and Ivan Evernden. The interior was luxurious and well-appointed, with the finest quality Connolly leather upholstery, timber facia, and door cappings and rear picnic tables.

Rolls-Royce was working on a new engine in the form of a light-alloy V8. The new unit, with its 6.2-liter capacity, was smoother and more powerful than the inline-six. When it replaced the six, it would remain in production for the next 40 odd years. No output figures were officially divulged, but estimates put it around 200 horsepower.

The Silver Cloud II was visually indistinguishable from its predecessor and mostly unchanged mechanically other than the changes necessary to accommodate the wider engine. Inside the ventilation system was improved and both the facia and instrument panel were redesigned.

During its production lifespan, lasting from 1959 to 1962, Rolls-Royce produced 2,417 examples of the Silver Cloud II (plus 1,268 Bentley S2 versions). Most of the Silver Cloud II wore Standard Steel coachwork, while a small number was given bespoke bodywork from coachbuilders such as H.J. Mulliner. James Young produced 37 coach-built bodies for the Silver Cloud II. 258 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and 51 Bentley S2 long-wheelbase saloons were made before the introduction of the Silver Cloud III. Harold Radford provided 'Countryman' estate conversions and Park Ward built convertibles. Mulliner also built convertibles, known today as the 'Mulliner Adaptation' Drophead coupes. Conversions often demanded a hefty premium, with Mulliner's convertible being priced around 30% more than the standard Silver Cloud II four-door saloon, which already ranked among the world's most expensive cars. A total of 107 'Mulliner Adaption' cars were built on the Cloud II/S2 standard-wheelbase chassis which accounted for 4-percent of the production of this model.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

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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....
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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....
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1961 Vehicle Profiles

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Chassis Num: SZD415
Engine Num: P4529

The Silver Cloud Rolls-Royce and the Bentley S-Type, both introduced in early 1955, were built with unitary construction. They had improved brakes and suspension. The engine was enlarged to 4887cc and modified with a six-port cylinder head which gave....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSVB 451
Engine Num: 475 BS

The Silver Cloud was introduced in April of 1955 and followed in the company's tradition of delivering in chassis form for bodying by outside coachbuilders. Rolls-Royce's companion marque, Bentley, had offered an in-house Standard Steel salon body fr....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSWC 596

The Rolls-Royce factory did not offer an open version of their standard saloon body for the Silver Cloud II. To meet customer's demands, coachbuilders were commissioned to create a custom body on the new chassis. ....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Saloon

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was in production from 1955 until March 1966. It was preceded by the Silver Dawn and succeeded by the Silver Shadow.....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Chassis Num: LSXC271

Charles Steward Rolls, the aristocrat, and Frederick Henry Royce, the engineer, had this in common: they both believed that they could build a far superior automobile to the ones on the market in 1903 and proceeded to do so in the following year. The....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: SYD 118

This Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé by Mulliner Park Ward was converted from right-hand drive to left-hand drive before it was delivered new and registered to its first owner in Switzerland. The odometer shows only about 43,800 km. It was....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: SXC465
Engine Num: 596.08

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner, design number 7504, was known as an 'Adaptation,' and it was created using a factory standard steel saloon body that had been modified into a convertible by removing the steel top, fitt....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSXC 173
Engine Num: 451 CS

Very few of these cars were built and even fewer were left hand drive. LSXC173 was the 1961 New York Show car and spent most of its time in New York. The car is finished in Athenian Blue and trimmed in Beige Connolly leather with a power operated top....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Limousine
Coachwork: James Young

Chassis Num: LLCC2
Engine Num: LC2C

British coachbuilder James Young produced 37 coachbuilt bodies for the Silver Cloud II, with only three being left-hand-drive examples to this design. This particular example, a saloon or 'touring limousine', features large rear pillars which provide....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Saloon

Chassis Num: SXC 459

The same model that was owned by Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, the body has an aircraft aluminum split hood and trunk lid. It originally sold for 6,092 British pounds. The car was owned by collector Phillip Kassel in San Bernardino, Califo....[continue reading]

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II vehicle information

Limousine
Coachwork: James Young

Debuted in late 1959 the Phantom V took its place as Rolls-Royce's largest and most opulent model. It shared a 6,230 cc V8 engine and 4-speed General Motors Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with the newly introduced Silver Cloud II. A very low gear....[continue reading]

Chassis #: SZD415 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSVB 451 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSWC 596 
Saloon
 
Chassis #: LSXC271 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: SYD 118 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: SXC465 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSXC 173 
Limousine by James Young
Chassis #: LLCC2 
Saloon
Chassis #: SXC 459 
Limousine by James Young
 


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1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)

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