The ex-James Mason
1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Sports Saloon
Chassis no. LSED351
Engine no. SD 400
4,887cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
155bhp at 4000rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Originally owned by actor James Mason
*Significant interior work recently completed
*Recent brake and transmission rebuilds
*One of 2238 built
*Documented chain of ownership and recent service
The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
Following the Silver Dawn, the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud was introduced in 1955 with a curvy, Rubenesque body shell, designed by J.P. Blatchley. While maintaining the traditional grill and headlights, and hinting at the separate fenders seen on previous models, it was Rolls Royce's first move towards a more modern, integrated look. As in the past, the car was built on a separate chassis so custom-bodied cars could be built for those who wanted a personalized version of Rolls Royce's most popular model. The body was steel, with lightweight aluminum panels for the doors, hood, and trunk lid, foreshadowing the weight saving measures taken by many car manufacturers today.
Equipped with an inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, and independent front suspension, the car could reach 60mph in 13.5 seconds and top out at 103mph if Sir was in a hurry, as reported in a contemporary review in Motor magazine. While the engine was carried over from the pre-war Silver Wraith, it was considered smoother than the V8 that followed in the Silver Cloud II. It also doesn't give up much in performance to its successor, and is said to be easier to maintain. When owners of ordinary cars were making do with two- or three-speed automatics, or even a manual transmission, the Cloud came with a four-speed automatic, a specification that has only recently gone out of date, some 50 years later.
The entire package made a very successful car for Rolls Royce, with greater production and a longer lifespan than any model that preceded it. It remains a quintessential Rolls Royce, with enough power to be used on modern roads, and a degree of style that only this marque can offer.
The Motorcar Offered
Having appeared in many successful British movies, including Julius Caesar, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Bigger than Life, actor James Mason took delivery of this Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I from dealer Peter Satori in 1957. Copies of its original Rolls Royce build sheets indicate Mason as the first owner, and these will accompany the car along with an assortment of Mason
memorabilia including photos, a vintage movie script, and other items. The second owner was Hollywood Picture Vehicles, in whose ownership the Cloud is understood to have appeared in a number of films.
The beige interior has been outfitted with a burled wood bar including original crystal decanters and glasses, and has had recent work including a new headliner, carpet, restored wood, and restored vanity mirror. The interior is also newly equipped with a hidden modern sound system. Further, the brakes and transmission have been rebuilt, and a history file including all receipts from 1995 to date is present.
The car comes with its tool kit, handbook, a dealer advertising kit, the shop manual, and a parts list. Boasting a well-known celebrity first owner, this Cloud was recently tested by a Bonhams specialist and was found to be in good working order, ready for its new owner to drive....or be driven in supreme comfort.