1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

The all-new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were introduced in April of 1955, and built as a replacement for the ageing Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type. Both wore sleeker bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis, replacing the unitary construction setup for the first time on a Rolls-Royce. The brakes and suspension were improved, with the latter featuring electrically controlled damping. The engine displacement rose to 4,887cc and adopted a six-port cylinder head which helped boost power on the dependable inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine. An automatic (4-speed GM Hydramatic) transmission was now standard with power-assisted steering offered as optional equipment.

Rolls-Royce offered 'standard steel' factory bodwork, while coachbuilders continued to offer bespoke creations to discerning customers' unique specifications. The factory did not offer a convertible or drophead coupe, so a coachbuilt car was the only option if one's preference was an open-top Rolls-Royce. The soon-to-be-merged firms of H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward Ltd. (the latter already owned by Rolls-Royce) were by far the most successful of this type, lasting into 1963. These hand crafted styles fetched a hefty premium, with H.J. Mulliner's drophead coupe being priced some 50% above the standard Silver Cloud four-door sedan, which was already among the world's most expensive cars. Mulliner would complete 21 (possibly 22) aluminum-bodied drophead coupes (style number 7410) on the Silver Cloud I chassis.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and its Bentley S1 stablemate were the last models powered by the venerable straight six in its most developed form. The Silver Cloud I would remain in production through 1958, with a total of 2,238 examples produced. The Silver Cloud II was introduced in 1959 and came equipped with a new Rolls-Royce developed 6.2-liter V8, which greatly improved the vehicle's performance. Electrically operated windows were now optional and power steering became standard. After 2,417 examples had been produced, Rolls-Royce introduced the Silver Cloud III, which would remain in production through 1966 with 2,044 produced. Improvements included a slight weight reduction, interior changes, and slightly altered external dimensions. The engine received a 2-inch SU carburetor, nitride hardened crankshaft, and the compression ratio increased to 9:1. External changes included slightly increased slope of the bonnet, reduction i the radiator grille height, and a four-headlamp layout.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

Related Reading : Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, II, and III 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....
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Related Reading : Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, II, and III History

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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1957 Vehicle Profiles

1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud vehicle information

Long Wheelbase Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: LALC24

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 ga....[continue reading]

1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud vehicle information

Saloon

Chassis Num: SDD6
Engine Num: SD3

There were 2,238 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I models produced from 1955 through 1959 and by the time the Silver Shadow arrived in 1965, 7,248 units had been produced. They were the zenith of prestige and luxury and powered by an overhead valve V-8 engi....[continue reading]

1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud vehicle information

Saloon

Chassis Num: LSED351
Engine Num: SD 400

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955 and was designed by J.P. Blatchley. It was given the traditional grill and headlights but moved more towards a modern, integrated appearance. Just like the prior models, the Silver Cloud was built o....[continue reading]

1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LSDD146
Engine Num: SD73

This Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I wears an aluminum-bodied drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner, style number 7410. A total of 21 examples of this design were built, and twelve were on left-hand-drive chassis. ....[continue reading]

1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: B231EB or B231EK

This Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Convertible is a right-hand drive example with a newer interior and an automatic transmission.....[continue reading]

Long Wheelbase Saloon by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: LALC24 
Saloon
Chassis #: SDD6 
Saloon
Chassis #: LSED351 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LSDD146 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: B231EB or B231EK 


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1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
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1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)34
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