The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I engine had effectively run its course by 1959 and could not be developed any further. The approximate 160bhp power output was more than sufficient but due to pressures and competition elsewhere Rolls-Royce sought out an improved power unit to deliver more speed whilst retaining the refined performance. The answer was a complete move away from the six cylinder inline engine configuration, to an all new V8 engine boasting 6,230cc and an estimated 200bhp, boosting the power by nearly 25%. It had been developed at Crewe for some years prior and was an immediate success. It was constructed almost entirely in aluminium and was of a very similar weight to the S1 Continentals engine, but featured hydraulic tappets to ensure quiet running. A few other mechanical aspects were modified including the braking and lubrication systems, with automatic transmission and power steering now standard fittings, making the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II a motor car capable of far higher cruising speeds than ever before. The vast majority of the production between late 1959 and early 1962 were the factory design, commonly known as the “Standard Steel Saloon.” However a limited number of cars were adapted at the H.J. Mulliner works in Chiswick to design number 7504, retaining the basic lines of the coachwork in the form of a very elegant drophead coupe. The correct term for this rare and desirable motor car is an “Adaptation” by H.J. Mulliner and should not be confused with cars that have subsequently been converted in more recent times. Just thirty three original H.J. Mulliner drophead coupes were built in right hand drive on the Silver Cloud II chassis and we are very pleased to be able to offer one for sale at this time.
Chassis No SZD373 was completed in late 1961 to the order of I. Schonberg Ltd of Glasgow in Scotland, finished in shell grey (ICI.M.901-2582) with a grey power hood and grey leather (VM 3393) interior. The car has belonged to the present owner for forty years and he has had it maintained by London Rolls-Royce specialists during this time. A new hood was trimmed in recent times in grey ever flex to match the original specification. To date, the car has travelled just 41,000 miles from new and has had some famous passengers during its life, most notably the Queen Mother who used the car on special occasions, borrowing it from the present owner’s collection. This beautifully maintained, but original low mileage example is wonderful to drive and is complete with tools, handbook, copy chassis cards and history file.
Low mileage, well maintained and beautifully original.
Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration engine, 6.2 litres displacement, 6230cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.