Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud was the most luxurious vehicle produced from 1955 to 1966 at the Crewe plant in England. Three generations of Silver Cloud will see the light of day, each time with technical and aesthetic improvements. The Silver Cloud has a box-section chassis with welded bodywork and body parts made of steel and aluminium. The separate chassis allows the realization of special bodywork from famous body shops such as James Young, Mulliner or Park Ward. The car is long, wide and elegant, and at first glance it looks princely. Launched in 1955 with the 4.9-litre 6-cylinder engine, it will be replaced by a more fuel-efficient 6.2-litre V8. It is coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission for absolute comfort. The four drum brakes are hydraulic and power-assisted. The suspension is independent at the front and rigid axle with semi-elliptical springs at the rear. Two important options will be offered in the catalogue, power steering and air conditioning.

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The Silver Cloud III was introduced in 1963, and it is the change from two to four projectors that is most noticeable. This prefigures the style of the Rolls to come and especially the Silver Shadow. The exterior dimensions are slightly reduced, as is the weight of the car, which is a hundred kilos lighter, giving it greater dynamism. Interior luxury will be further enhanced with a new dashboard that groups the instruments and meters behind the steering wheel. The front seats are separate and there's a little more space in the back. The equipment includes power windows. On the mechanical side, the 6.2-liter V8, which was introduced with the Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2, welcomed larger carburetors. Although its power output is not revealed by the factory, it exceeds 200 horsepower and delivers smooth, respectable performance. His career ended in 1966 with the arrival of the Silver Shadow.
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