1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190
Lot 253* N
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation
Coachwork by H J Mulliner Registration no. Not UK registered Chassis no. STB190
Sold for £ 152,700 (US$ 195,038) inc. premium

Lot Details
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation  Chassis no. STB190
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé Adaptation
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Registration no. Not UK registered
Chassis no. STB190
One of only 107 built by H J Mulliner
• First owned by cruise shipping magnate, Max Wilson
• Single family ownership for circa 30 years
• Well maintained by recognised specialists
• Recently serviced by Frank Dale & Stepsons


Footnotes

  • 'The choice of a V8 was logical and inevitable in a car the size of the Silver Cloud. The designers... reaped the benefits of the latest developments in engine design and combined them with Rolls-Royce experience of the light-alloy V-engines gained with the Merlin...' – Edward Eves, 'Rolls-Royce – 75 years of Motoring Excellence'.

    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, re-location 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.

    As well as the factory-bodied 'standard steel' cars, bespoke creations from James Young and the soon-to-be-merged firms of H J Mulliner and Park Ward Ltd (the latter already owned by Rolls-Royce) 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. First introduced in 1958, H J Mulliner's version (Design Number '7504') was the most successful of its type, lasting into 1963. Mulliner retained the overall lines of the saloon's four-door coachwork while at the same time transforming it into an elegant two-door drophead coupé.

    One of only 107 Silver Cloud II drophead coupés built by H J Mulliner, this example is one of two purchased new by South African entrepreneur, Max Wilson, an early pioneer of cheap cruising holidays, whose company, Wilson Interests Ltd, was based in London's Earls Court. Accompanying copy build sheets show that the car was ordered with power windows, a power convertible hood, and radio loudspeakers in the rear seat armrests.

    This Silver Cloud has been in the current ownership for almost 30 years, during which period it has been driven only some 6,000 miles. While in the vendor's care the Rolls-Royce has been routinely serviced by recognised marque specialists. Seatbelts were installed in 2005, while in 2010 major refurbishment of the coachwork and engine was undertaken by English Automotive Services at a cost of over £12,000. More recently, a full cosmetic and mechanical service - costing around £20,000 - was carried out by Frank Dale & Stepsons' Hong Kong branch.

    Highly sought after by connoisseurs of fine automobiles, these limited edition, coachbuilt Rolls-Royces are rarely offered for sale, and this example has to be one of the very best currently available. Highly usable and ready for the Côte d'Azur, it affords the prospect of one of the ultimate driving experiences. A stunning example.
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