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Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
(1959 - 1962)

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, 1962, #SAE495, Standard Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, 1962, #SAE495, Standard Saloon. It was remarked that the Dutch owner had gone "Slightly over the top" by adding a further pair of foglamps.

Adoption of an all aluminium 6.23 litre V8 engine replacing the straight six of the Cloud I/S1 was the most remarkable innovation when Rolls-Royce publicized the advent of their new model Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II in 1959. It is well worth noting that this engine - developed during the 1950s - is still performing under the bonnet of Rolls-Royce's modern models of the 90s though having been subject to the company's established policy of seeking improvements in design and manufacture. In the U.S.A. the Silver Cloud II was tremendously successful and the slogan coined by David Ogilvy's advertising agency "At 60 mph the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock" became a classic of its own. As regards coachwork there were but negligible changes to the familiar Standard Steel bodywork when compared to that of the Silver Cloud I.

Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 91.44 mm (4.1 x 3.6 in), capacity 6,230 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, twin SU carburettors; 4-speed automatic gearbox; hypoid bevel final drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic springs rear; drum brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3124.2 mm or 3,225.8 mm (123 in or 127 in); tyre size 8.20 x 15

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, 1962, #LSAE53; Drophead Coupé
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, 1962, #LSAE53; H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Drophead Coupé. Retaining the basic coachwork's lines H.J.Mulliner, Park Ward created this highly elegant body.

No. made:

2418 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II (107 were fitted with H.J. Mulliner drophead coupé bodies)
  299 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II long wheelbase (41 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies by H.J. Mulliner, 38 by James Young, 1 by Hooper, 1 by Chapron)
2717 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II altogether
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