The advent of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley ‘S’ series in 1955 was surely one of the main reasons behind the demise of most of the few remaining coachbuilders still producing bodies for Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis.
The Silver Dawn standard steel saloon, being effectively a Bentley in disguise, had not really intruded upon the coachbuilt Silver Wraith market. The Silver Cloud however, with Silver Wraith track and a longer wheelbase that the Silver Dawn, clothed with a beautifully proportioned body, was a far more formidable opponent. Here was a car which looked so ‘right’ that there was little incentive for customers to order bespoke coachwork, and soon afterwards both Freestone & Webb and Hooper ceased coachbuilding.
If anything detrimental can be said about the Silver Clouds, it is probably that one can have too much of a good thing. As a result of the standard steel design being such a success, some of the most favoured bespoke Silver Cloud coachwork was adapted from the standard shape. The two with the most enduring appeal are the Mulliner adaptation drophead and the longer wheelbase saloon with division by Park Ward.
Having very clearly bested the sands of time, this remarkable example was driven from Spain to Lithuania by the current owner several years ago, showing a great feat of reliability and dependable mechanics. Finished in the very desirable colour scheme of Dawn Blue with Dove Grey interior, this Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II is a beautiful car and is not to be missed. Comes with extensive ownership and service history.