1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Manual Transmission Saloon  Chassis no. SDD188 Engine no. SD94

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Lot 650
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Manual Transmission Saloon
Registration no. 789 NOU Chassis no. SDD188 Engine no. SD94

Sold for £ 20,000 (US$ 24,986)
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Manual Transmission Saloon
Registration no. 789 NOU
Chassis no. SDD188
Engine no. SD94

Footnotes

  • ‘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. The successive design staffs of this famous firm have never attempted to be the avant-garde, but have preferred to control the construction of proved designs so carefully that the result would excel.
    ‘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.
    Imported into the UK from the USA in 1977, right-hand drive chassis number ‘SDD188’ is the only Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud factory-fitted from new with the four-speed manual gearbox, a unit which at that time was only available to special order on the Bentley Continental, and then for a short while only. The car is mentioned in Davide Bassoli and Bernard L King’s book, Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I & Bentley S1 published by Complete Classics. Finished in red/gold with tan leather interior, it has the desirable power-assisted steering, another factory-fitted option from new. We understand that a Swansea V5 registration document has been applied for.

Saleroom notices

  • This car was driven from Southern Germany for the sale. It has UK and German title papers. The V5 is to follow. It has a new UK MoT test certificate dated 20 November. The car also has all its large toos, torch and a small box of tools.
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