2,360 is the overall production figure of Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I built
between 1955 and 1958; of these 122 where of the of the long wheelbase
variant. A mere 157 were delivered as chassis cum engine to one of the few coachbuilding companies that survived into 50ies. The figures do allow but
one conclusion: the Silver Cloud in the form offered ex-factory met
exactly what prospective purchasers did demand. As a result the vast
majority were built like this one as a “Standard Steel Sports Saloon”.
The power source was a 6-cylinder in-line-engine of 4.9 litres capacity.
No risk in this, because the engine wasn’t new but one that had been
employed under the bonnet of the last series of the Bentley R Continental.
In its basic layout it had powered many thousands of predecessors, from
1946 onward in 4 ¼ litres form and then from 1951 onward with a capacity
increased to 4 ½ litres. Similarly the automatic gearbox was a well proven
unit that had been available since 1952 as an option, the Silver Cloud I
was the first model with automatic transmission being standard. All in all
chassis and powertrain were a combination of most carefully refined
components that were known to be robust and reliable.