ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES

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ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles d’origine, 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES

Sold for € 300,100 (US$ 325,308) inc. premium
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles d’origine
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Chassis no. LSAE9
Engine no. 5ES
Datant de l’avant-dernière de production du type, cette Silver Cloud II carossée par H. J. Mulliner fut livrée neuve aux Etats-Unis par l’intermédiaire de l’importateur Rolls-Royce de New York, J. S. Inskip, Inc. Le châssis n° LSAE9 à conduite à gauche avait été commandé avec des glaces et une capote électriques, des pneus à flancs blancs et des glaces teintées Sundym. La garantie fut élise à compter du 2 avril 1962, jour où la voiture fut expédiée à New York à bord du cargo « American Chief ». Elle fut exposée au Salon de New York 1962 et vendue à Leslie O. Pouch de Staten Island (NY) qui a pu l'acquérir sur le stand du constructeur.
En 2001, la Rolls-Royce fut redécouverte par la Blackhawk Collection et achetée à la succession de M. Pouch. Totalement d’origine sauf une peinture refaite (dans le bleu acier original) et une capote neuve, la voiture, qui n’a parcouru que 19 677 miles au total, est exempte de corrosion et de dommages. L’intérieur en cuir bleu est d’origine y compris la radio et les tablettes repliables à l’arrière. L’ensemble paraît n’avoir que quelques années et les ornements extérieurs brillants sont impeccables. Soigneusement vérifiée le mois dernier, la voiture fonctionne magnifiquement bien et ne réclame aucune intervention. Il est permis de se demander s’il existe encore dans cet état exceptionnel une automobile aussi exclusive et aussi rare. Proposée avec son dossier historique, ses manuels d’utilisation et son outillage, cette merveilleuse Silver Cloud II intemporelle représente une unique opportunité d’acquérir un extraordinaire exemple de ce symbole d’opulence automobile et à conduite à gauche.


Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its ageing six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. The V8 was, of course, the predominant power unit in Rolls-Royce’s most important export market - the USA - so it was only natural that the Crewe firm would study the best American designs - principally those of Chrysler and Cadillac - for inspiration. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their ’Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though the duo’s performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. Although wider and shorter than the ‘six’ it replaced, the new power unit 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. Externally the new models appeared virtually unchanged, while beneath the skin Rolls-Royce’s own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one on offer and power steering was standardised. Immensely successful both at home and abroad, the Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 remained in production until the autumn of 1962.
As well as the factory-bodied cars, bespoke creations from coachbuilders James Young and the recently merged firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (now Rolls-Royce-owned) continued to be available on the ’Cloud II chassis for those discerning enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford them. Indeed, as the factory did not offer a convertible or drophead coupé, a coachbuilt car was the only option if one’s preference was Rolls-Royce-style fresh air motoring. Available in both Rolls-Royce and Bentley forms, H J Mulliner’s two-door drophead coupé (Design No. 7504) was by far the most popular, a total of 107 being built on the Cloud II/S2 standard-wheelbase chassis. Hand crafted style such as this attracted a hefty premium though, H J Mulliner’s convertible being priced some 30% above the standard Silver Cloud II four-door saloon, which was already one of the world’s most expensive cars.
Dating from the penultimate year of production, this H J Mulliner-bodied Silver Cloud II was delivered new to the USA via Rolls-Royce’s importer in New York, J S Inskip, Inc. Left-hand drive chassis number ‘LSAE9’ was ordered with electric windows, electric hood, whitewall tyres and plain Sundym glass throughout. The guarantee was issued on 2nd April 1962 and on the same day the car was shipped to New York aboard the freighter, ‘American Chief’. It was displayed at the 1962 New York Auto Show and first owned by Leslie O Pouch, of Staten Island, NY, who may well have purchased it from the manufacturer’s stand.

In 2001 the Rolls-Royce was rediscovered by the Blackhawk Collection and purchased from Mr Pouch’s estate. Completely original apart from an exterior re-spray (in original Steel Blue) and new convertible hood, the car has covered only 19,677 miles from new and is rust free and undamaged. The blue leather interior is totally original, including the radio and folding picnic tables to the rear, and looks like it is only a few years old, while the exterior brightwork is perfect. Thoroughly checked over within the past month, car is reported to run and drive superbly, wanting for nothing. There can be few, if any, examples of this rare and exclusive model that have seen such little use and remain in such beautiful condition.
Offered complete with history file, instruction manuals and tools, this wonderful ‘time warp’ Silver Cloud II drophead coupé represents a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding left hand drive example of what, in its day, was the height of motoring opulence.
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
ex-New York Auto Show, 19.677miles  d’origine,1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LSAE9 Engine no. 5ES
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