1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon Coachwork by Hooper & Co  Chassis no. ALC 21 Engine no. C20A

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1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon Coachwork by Hooper & Co
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. ALC 21 Engine no. C20A

Sold for £ 19,425 (US$ 24,454) inc. premium
1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon Coachwork by Hooper & Co
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. ALC 21
Engine no. C20A
Introduced early in 1955, the all-new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type replaced 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.
The retention of a separate chassis meant that, for the time being at least, customers could still opt for a coachbuilt alternative to the factory's own 'standard steel' offering. Chassis number 'ALC21' wears stylish six-light saloon/limousine (with division) coachwork by Hooper & Co, carriage makers to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII and arguably the finest of all British coachbuilders. The car has been in the present family ownership since 1961, reputedly having been ordered new for his wife by a Bahamas-domiciled British dignitary. Following the wife's indiscretion with her chauffeur, the vehicle returned to Jack Barclay Ltd in England and was purchased by the present owner's husband. Publisher of legal directory The International Law List, the latter used the car for his private excursions and business trips to Europe, including holidays in Monte Carlo and Venice. He was the sole driver until his death in 1983, since when the vehicle has seen little use. Kept garaged and maintained by Rolls-Royce/Bentley specialists The Chelsea Workshop for the past 20 years, it drove well on a recent short test run and is presented in very good condition throughout. Finished in Bermuda Blue with grey leather upholstery (the later protected by grey velour covers) the car is offered with sundry invoices and Swansea V5 document. It should be noted that the registration mark '7478 KM' is being retained by the vendor.

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  • The registration number, 7478 KM, will now be offered with this motor car.
1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon Coachwork by Hooper & Co  Chassis no. ALC 21 Engine no. C20A
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