When the Silver Cloud line was released in April 1955, it became a symbol of Rolls-Royce’s step toward mass production. The days of custom coachworks were starting to end and Rolls-Royce was looking for a way adapt into designing standardized models which have become more popular. A standard model greatly increased the output of the production line. Rolls-Royce also ensured that the standard models still had the same quality and reliability that Rolls Royce was proud of. The Silver Cloud was the first model to be mass produced that was a major success and after 6 decades since it was released, the Silver Cloud has become an iconic luxury car.
Originally, the Silver Cloud was powered by the standard iron block inline 6-clinder engine. But before the Silver Cloud was officially released, Rolls-Royce engineers wanted to design something that would go beyond what they have achieved. They designed several engines including a large V12 engine and an inline eight but they chose a V8 engine that would be able to the power they were looking for but compact enough to fit into the Silver Cloud. The new V8 engine was ahead of its time that made from alloy and featured wet liner. The carburetors were mounted in the middle of the “vee” to reduce the total dimensions of the engine. But the new 6.2 L V8 engine was not completed when the Silver Cloud was released. The new engine was finally completed in 1959 when it was mounted on the all new Silver Cloud II.
Aside from the very small trim changes, the new Silver Cloud II had a very similar style with the outgoing Silver Cloud I. The biggest difference was under the hood with its all new powertrain. The large V8 engine was meticulously mounted into the small engine bay and to keep up with the added power, the chassis received several improvements. The optional power steering became the standard for the Silver Cloud II. It was still available in standard and long wheelbase chassis. Out of the 2,717 Silver Cloud II sold, only 299 were long wheelbase models which make this featured Silver Cloud II a very rare and sought after example among the Rolls Royce’s fans.
This beautiful 1962 Silver Cloud II is one of those rare long-wheelbase models. And because this was specially ordered to Switzerland, it comes with a left-hand drive. The previous owner had the car since 1985. It is believed to have never been completely restored but is just a well-preserved example through rigorous maintenance. Some minor repairs were done to keep this Silver Cloud II in shape. It comes with an elegant Sand over Sable exterior matched with a Biscuit Tan Connolly leather interior. It also features Frigette Air Conditioning, AM radio, power windows. This Silver Cloud II comes complete with documents to prove its authenticity.
The elegant coachwork looks solid and is finished in a glossy finish. The panel gaps look good. The chrome and other brightwork are all complete and look solid, they have some wears but still, has an attractive shine.
The interior looks very elegant and everything seems to be clean. The leather seats are flawless and the walnut woodwork looks solid after being restored. Although the interior looks fantastic, the restoration is still not finished.
On the engine bay, the powertrain is complete and works perfectly. It has been thoroughly maintained to be in such great condition. The 6.2 L V8 engine is famous for its incredible longevity the engine on this Silver Cloud runs smoothly and without any weird noises. The 6.2 L engine is matched to the original 4-speed automatic transmission. The previous owner had it fully worked on to ensure that the next owner won’t have any problem. This 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II is without a doubt an excellent example of the rare long-wheel based models.
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