The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S series, announced in April 1955, employed such a chassis, to which was mounted Standard Steel coachwork. Incorporating coil spring/wishbone front suspension with semi-elliptic rear springs and a single radius arm to locate the live rear axle, it also featured centralised lubrication and all-round drum brakes. Power was provided by the 4,887cc straight six engine of the Bentley R Type Continental producing an estimated 158bhp; notably for the first time, Rolls-Royce and Bentley models shared the same four-speed automatic transmission, allowing a top speed of 100mph.
The Evolution Silver Cloud II and S2 models of 1959 used Rolls’ new light alloy V8 engine but otherwise differed from their predecessors only in having a long life chassis lubrication system, standard power steering, increased front braking effort, a reduction in rear roll stiffness, a new ventilation system and a revised facia. With an engine capacity of 6,230 the V8 was also notably lighter, and produced around 200hp.
For the Silver Cloud III/S3 models introduced in October 1962, quickly distinguishable by four headlamps, the specification remained unchanged except for another increase of around 20hp, which lifted the top speed to 115mph.
Showing a mere 87,000 miles recorded from new (believed correct), this lovely stylish Rolls spent a number of years in the US before being repatriated to the UK in the last few years, during which time we are told no more than 1000 miles have been covered.
She has enjoyed a recent service by specialists Silver Lady, totalling £1617, and has covered a nominal mileage since. The vendor informs us that in addition attention has been given to the webasto roof and door trims, also the carpets have been replaced, as has the headlining.
A great opportunity to buy one of the great British motor cars of the last century.