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Sand Over Sable Silver Cloud II

by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img via eBay ::: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud for sale

AN excerpt on the Silver Cloud II from Anthony Bird and Ian Hallow’s oft cited text The Rolls-Royce Motor Car and Bentley Since 1931:

“Ordinary motor-cars have improved so much since the war that extraordinary ones like Rolls-Royces need to be superb to keep ahead.”

Indeed, it’s hard to consider a more timeless definition of the post-war luxury car than the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. And all these years on, the Silver Cloud II – more than the Silver Cloud III, even – represents that brilliant blend of Edwardian splendor meeting iron-clad engineering.

The clouds still represent the best in so many ways. And this Floridian “sand over sable” restored Cloud IIis one particularly attractive example.



Plum Choice on Hemmings: 1958 Bentley S1

by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img via Hemmings ::: 1958 Bentley S1 for sale

HAVING undergone a thorough restoration to the tune of $100,000, this Bentley S1 – the driver’s Rolls-Royce – represents a plum find for the seller’s asking price ($57K o.b.o.). That having been said wouldn’t you just rather have a Cloud and be done with it?


“Chinese Eye” Cloud Spied On eBay

silver-cloud-chinese-eyeBy Gunnar Heinrich

REMEMBER those horn-rimmed sunglasses your grandmother used to wear? We can think of this Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III “Chinese Eye” coupe as coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward’s take on that bit of 1960’s style. Far more avantgarde than the standard steel Cloud, this coupe looked like Harold Macmillan letting loose at a Beetles concert.

Black on beige, this Cloud III – sporting a right honourable 6,230cc V8 – appears to be a specimen of California-cared-for originality; though the fixed-head coupe started its life in rainy Ecosse (Scotland). In1975 the Cloud made its way Stateside after having covered 41,000 miles on that side of the Pond.

The Rolls, sorry, “Royce”¬†now has nearly 90K on the clock.

The relatively modest buy-it-now-price of $69,900 (the Chinese Eye convertible can command twice that figure) belies the mighty repair expense should any component¬†fail “cease to proceed”. The car has seen more than $17,000 of documented repairs during its time Stateside.

Balderdash! What price, 60’s style?

[Linked: eBay]


Passing Shot: The Silver Cloud’s Twin

By Gunnar Heinrich

EVER wonder why the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud series used roman numerals and its Bentley S counterpart used standard digits? Well, I can assure that the thought did not occur to me when this white, majestic mastodon wafted into view.

What we’re casting our longing gaze upon is similar to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud that we featured last August, except that it’s a standard body Bentley S2 saloon.

Far more interesting were the S2’s made to measure by coachbuilder extraordinaire H.J. Mulliner. Those handcrafted carriages featured softer C-pillars, a higher flanked boot, and narrower rear doors providing for a more sporting look.

T’was a grand sight. But, just how does one signal to the Bentley driver that his gas tank lid is ajar?


Random Tid Bits From The Driver’s Handbook of a Silver Cloud

On Customer Satisfaction ~

“Our interest in your Rolls-Royce car does not cease when you take delivery of the car. It is our ambition that every purchaser of a Rolls-Royce car shall continue to be more than satisfied.”

On Starting ~

“Press throttle once fully and then release. This will allow the fast idle cam to position itself in relation to the engine temperature and thus set the throttle to the correct opening for starting. The engine is ready to start.”

On Failure To Proceed Due To Inclement Weather ~

“If the car should become embedded in deep snow, it is possible by suitable timing of the engagement of Reverse and Second speeds to rock the car out of the rut.”

On Brake Operation (Chapter VII) ~

“The Rolls-Royce braking system is of the servo operated hydro-mechanical type. A server motor of the dry-disc-brake type is fitted to the gearbox and driven at approximately one-fifth of the propeller shaft speed.”

How did yours truly find the handbook of a Silver Cloud? Well, friends, let’s just say that in a month or two, things are set to get really exciting.