Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I is a luxury four door sedan. It was the main car produced by Rolls-Royce between 1955 and 1959 and 2359 were produced in total. It was replaced by the Silver Dawn and ultimately by the Silver Shadow.
In 2005, RM Auctions offered a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe in its 'Vintage Motor Cars' sale at Amelia Island. However, it was not sold at a high bid of $240,000.
Construction and Design
Introduced in April, 1955, the Silver Cloud I was chiefly designed by J.P Blatchley.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I was offered as the "standard steel" four-door sedan, as well as in long-wheelbase limousine form. Special coachbuilt bodies, mostly coupes and convertibles, were also available through Rolls-Royce's usual suppliers.
The model has a six cylinder 4.9 litre engine, powering the car to a top speed of 130mph and an acceleration of 0-60mp in 13.5 seconds. Twin SU carburettors were added in September, 1957. The standard transmission was a four-speed automatic.
At the time of production it had become accepted that chassis and coachwork were to be a unit construction instead of a separate body and frame. The Silver Cloud was an exception to this. Rolls Royce invested a lot of money into developing the chassis and the result was a 50% higher rigidity than the previous model
Celebrity Owner of Silver Clouds
- Nicholas Cage – Silver Cloud III
- Beyonce – Silver Cloud
- Elvis Presley – Silver Cloud I
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