1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon
Registration no. TDR 416
Chassis no. SYB-8
Engine no. SB4
In common with earlier models of the Rolls-Royce - ever since the first model in 1904 - the latest model, known as the Silver Cloud, carries on the tradition of employing only those features of design which have been thoroughly proved, allied with meticulous attention to detail and finish. The successive design staffs of this famous firm have never attempted to be the avant-garde, but have preferred to control the construction of proved designs so carefully that the result would excel.
This latest model is faster, roomier, quieter and no less economical than its predecessors and, bearing in mind the makes reputation for reliability, one that could be much cheaper to run for a long term than many much more humble productions. John Eason Gibson, Country Life.
Introduced early in 1955, the all-new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were conceived as replacements for the ageing Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type. The duo sported sleeker bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis - Rolls-Royce eschewing unitary construction for the time being - incorporating improved brakes and suspension, the latter featuring electrically controlled damping. Enlargement to 4,887cc and the adoption of a six-port cylinder head boosted the - traditionally undisclosed - power output of the dependable inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine. Automatic transmission was now standard and power-assisted steering an option. Fast (100mph-plus) relatively economical and cheaper to maintain than the successor V8-engined versions, the Silver Cloud is arguably the most user-friendly of all post-war Rolls-Royces.
Described as running well, this well preserved and eminently useable Silver Cloud benefits from a refurbished interior and stainless-steel exhaust system. Finished in maroon with beige interior, the vehicle is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document.