'In common with earlier models of the Rolls-Royce - ever since the first model in 1905 - 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. 'This latest model is faster, roomier, quieter and no less economical than its predecessors and, bearing in mind the make's 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.
According to the accompanying copy chassis cards, 'SYB132' was supplied new to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and first owned by one H N Passmore-Rowe of Trelawnay. The Silver Cloud was delivered finished in two-tone Sage Green/Smoke Green with matching leather interior, the same livery it has today. Original special features of this 'tropicalised' car included heat insulation to the roof; laminated glass throughout; map pockets to front seat backs and rear doors; and 'very hard' springing. Re-imported into the UK in 2002, 'SYB132' has seen little use since and is described as in generally very good condition. The underside is said to be in exceptional condition, possibly because of the protection afforded by the coating of dust (since removed) and Southern Rhodesia's predominantly dry climate. The current vendor a marque enthusiast with several Rolls-Royces and Bentleys in his collection advises us that the car has had only three owners from new. Regularly maintained and MoT'd, it is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document.