Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I

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2015-06-26 10:46:18

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.

Notable sales

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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