1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS
Lot 242
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon
Registration no. GAS 166 Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS
£22,000 - 26,000
US$ 34,000 - 40,000

Lot Details
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon Chassis no. SRA259 Engine no. 292AS
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon
Registration no. GAS 166
Chassis no. SRA259
Engine no. 292AS

Footnotes

  • 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 aluminium-alloy V8 power unit. Although wider and shorter than the 'six' it replaced, the new engine fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, relocation 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, while power steering was standardised. Immensely successful both at home and abroad, the pair remained in production until the autumn of 1962.

    Originally registered 'YLM 492', this Silver Cloud II was first owned by Mr H G Starley of the Champion Sparking Plug Co Ltd, which purchased the car from Jack Barclay in January 1960. In April 1962 the car was returned to Rolls-Royce in a part exchange deal and later that same year was sold to Air Chief Commandant Dame Katherine J T Forbes, DBE. Known as Jane Trefusis Forbes, this formidable lady was the first Director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), serving in that capacity from 1939 to 1943. In 1966 she married Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, the scientist whose contribution to the development of radar helped win the Battle of Britain, becoming Dame Katherine Watson-Watt, DBE.

    The Cloud's subsequent history is unclear, though it is known to have formed part of a private collection in Japan before being brought back to the UK in April 2002. The car was then acquired by John Brown Limited from whom the current vendors purchased it in October 2002, since when it has been used for wedding hire. Factory fitted special features included a 501TA radio, full refrigeration, Rolls-Royce electric windows, electric aerial, extra rear speaker, larger type brake pedal and combination parking/blinking lights above each door pillar. However, not all of these original features are still present. While in the vendors' ownership the Cloud has been fitted with electronic ignition and a Kenlowe electric cooling fan, while the differential and prop shaft linkage have been rebuilt and the headlining, carpets, brakes, lights, rear wings and various other items renewed.

    Described as in generally good condition, the car is offered with dating letter, C&E Form 389, current road fund licence, V5C registration document and MoT to 1st April 2014.
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