1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon
Chassis no. LSPA 310
Engine no. 155AS
6,230cc OHV V8 engine
Twin sidedraft SU carburetors
Four-speed automatic transmission
Independent front suspension with coil spring and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
Four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes
-Known history from new
-Four owners since it left the factory
-Original and unrestored
-A Northeast car since it was delivery
The Silver Cloud II
Introduced early in 1955, the all-new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type had been conceived as replacements for the ageing Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley R-Type, and sported sleeker bodywork on a new box-section chassis incorporating improved brakes and suspension. Enlargement to 4,887cc and the adoption of a six-port cylinder head boosted the power output of the dependable inlet-over-exhaust six-cylinder engine. Development of the latter though, was nearing its end and Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached.
Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their predecessors, though their performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminum power unit. Although wider and shorter than the 'six' it replaced, the new engine fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, re-location of the steering box from inside to outside of the chassis frame being the most obvious alteration to the previous arrangements. Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one on offer and power steering was standardized. Immensely successful both at home and abroad, the pair remained in production until superseded by the re-styled Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 in the autumn of 1962.
The Motorcar Offered
Ordered through legendary New York Rolls purveyor J.S. Inskip, Inc by Stanley Wojciechowski of Reading, Pennsylvania, LSPA 310 was delivered less than two weeks into the Swingin' Sixties on January 11, 1960. With the build sheet specifying both 'refrigeration' for the summer heat and various cold weather options for use in the Pennsylvania winters as well, the car was clearly ordered for active use. Mr Wojciechowski retained ownership of the car until it passed into the care of his son Richard in 1988.
In the early 1990s, Dr Stanford Goodman asked the current owner of the car to help him find a Silver Cloud. In 1994, with the vendor's assistance, Dr Goodman purchased LSPA 310 from the younger Mr. Wojciechowski. Dr Goodman kept the car in good, meticulously maintained and well documented shape until it was purchased by the current ownerwho had initially helped Dr Goodman find the car in the first placein 2006. Continuing a regiment of careful mechanical maintenance, the Rolls continues to perform well today as demonstrated on a brief test ride. In original, unrestored condition and showing a bit less than 115,000 original miles on the clock (with the odometer having rolled over once in the late 1997-8), this four-owners-from-new Rolls still retains its regal good looks and unmatched Crewe build-quality today.