1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
From a deceased
estate; ex-Scottish Motor Show car; three owners from new, the current since
1965; new automatic gearbox; brakes and suspension recently overhauled by
Ristes; power steering; stainless steel exhaust; runs beautifully;
paintwork needs attention
No other car conjures up
the splendour of aristocratic life in post-war Britain quite like a Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud. Little wonder this imperious machine came top of the shopping list
for Sixties rock stars like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles who painted
theirs in shocking colours to flick two fingers up at the Establishment as their
fortunes rose and those of the gentry declined.
Introduced early in 1955,
the all-new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Type were conceived as
replacements for the ageing Silver Dawn and the R-Type. The duo sported sleeker
bodywork on a new box-section separate chassis incorporating improved brakes and
suspension, the latter featuring electrically controlled damping.
last models powered by the venerable straight-six in its most developed form,
they had a larger 4,887cc capacity and a six-port cylinder head which boosted
the - traditionally undisclosed - power output of this uncannily smooth engine,
while automatic transmission was now standard and power-assisted steering was an
option. Fast (100mph+), relatively economical and cheaper to maintain than the
succeeding V8 versions, the Silver Cloud is arguably the most user-friendly of
all post-war Rolls-Royces. Vastly expensive when new, only 2,360 were sold
before it was replaced by the Cloud II in 1959.
As copies of the factory
build sheets confirm, this Cloud was built in 1957 and was specially prepared
for display at that year’s Scottish Motor Show. Originally finished in Tudor
Grey over Black Pearl with a single Gold pinstripe between, it had beige leather
seats, fawn carpets, fawn headcloth, a Smiths 200X radio and power
The buff logbook shows that LRS 727 was first registered in
June 1958 to Mr Alexander Aitken of Aberdeen who kept it until July 1960 when
ownership transferred to Mr WJ Riley of Solihull, Director of Eccles of
Birmingham, the famous caravan and horsebox manufacturer. Riley kept the car
until December 1965 when it was acquired by a Sutton Coldfield gentleman who was
to keep it right up until his death last year.
On offer here from a
deceased estate, it has recently been put into the name of another family member
but has effectively had just three owners from new. Although there is not a
great deal of service history with the car, we are told that the indicated
mileage of 102,832 is correct and this is backed up by no fewer than 41 old MOTs
back to 1965 when it had covered 34,450 miles. The last MOT expired in June 2017
(with no advisories) since when the car has only covered a handful of miles.
There are also 46 old tax discs back to 1965, confirming that the car has always
been kept on the road.
Invoices show that in June 2007 the car was fitted
with a new exchange gearbox (GM 4-speed automatic) by Graham Whitehouse of
Halesowen at a cost of £4,286 since when it has only covered some 600 miles. In
September 2009 it was sent to Ristes of Nottingham when the front suspension was
fully rebuilt, the braking system was overhauled and the chassis lubrication
system was repaired, the bill for this lot coming to £9,564.
We are told
that the car has also had new front wings at some point in the not-too-distant
past along with a new headliner and a new stainless steel exhaust. The interior
woodwork is in lovely condition and must have been refurbished fairly recently,
while the leather seats are also in good shape with a nice patina. All that
really lets the side down is the paintwork, which is acceptable on the lower
half but severely weathered on the bonnet and the roof.
documentation includes the original owner's handbook; original radio instruction
booklet; original guide to the automatic gearbox; original 'faults and remedies'
supplement; a period Silver Cloud sales brochure plus a 5-page guide to the
Cloud/Bentley S-Series from Classics Monthly
Starting instantly and running beautifully as we have moved it
around on site, with good oil pressure, this aristocratic motorcar is
being offered here at a modest guide price which should leave ample scope for
the cosmetic work now required. Or you could follow the Keith Richards/John
Lennon example and flick two fingers up at the Establishment by driving it
around just as it is…For more information contact James on 07970
309907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org