1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Mk. I Saloon
Reg. no. OCO 84
Chassis no. SJF 88
Engine no. SF169
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, introduced in 1955, marked something of a milestone for the company, as it was its first design which did not hark back to the pre-war era. Instead, the car looked thoroughly up-to-date, and an in-house body was now standard as the coachbuilding tradition declined. Due to the car’s separate chassis construction, they could still be supplied to coachbuilders, but such cars are extremely rare. Power came from a 4.9 litre straight-six; as is their wont, Rolls-Royce never specified an output, stating only that it was ‘sufficient’. Tests have shown it to be around 155bhp, driving through a General Motors Hydramatic four speed automatic gearbox. This, together with the optional power steering, made the cars easy to drive, and this meant that many owners drove their Clouds themselves – bad news for the chauffeurs!
This 1958 car used to be a private hire car in Bristol; at some point it was sprayed white and used for weddings and transporting celebrities from airports. Now in primer, the vendor’s intention was to return it to its original grey/blue scheme. The car runs but has not been driven; the chassis, gearbox and electrics are all said to be good.
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