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Silver Cloud I
(1955 - 1959)
Silver Cloud I, 1959, #SMH259. The body design lent itself to two-tone
paintwork and usually on R-R Silver Cloud the bonnet was painted in the
upper colour whereas the Bentley S sported a bonnet painted in the lower
In April 1955 the new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud appeared. Rolls-Royce's
chief designer John Polwhele Blatchley had tailored the attractive body so
perfectly well balanced that the cars' enormous size wasn't obvious at a
quick glance. The body was mounted onto completely new closed box section
frame that was reported to offer a 50 % higher degree of stiffness
compared to that of the predecessor. With an overall length of 538 cm/17'
8" the Silver Cloud I, as it was later designated to separate it from
the following models Silver Cloud II and Silver
Cloud III, was the largest ever in the series of 'small' Rolls-Royces.
A long wheelbase version (overall length 548 cm/17'11 3/4") was not
available prior to 1957.
6 cylinder in-line configuration, cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke
95.25 x 114.3 mm (3 3/4 x 4 1/2 in), capacity 4,887 cc; aluminium alloy
cylinder head; twin SU carburettors type HD6 (from 1957 twin SU
carburettors type HD8 on cars for North America export, from 1957 standard
on all models); 4-speed automatic gearbox ( manual 4-speed gearbox to
special order); hypoid bevel final drive independent front suspension with
coil springs, semi-elliptic springs rear; drum brakes servo-assisted;
wheelbase 3,124.2 mm (from 1957 long wheelbase 3,225.8 mm available); tyre
Silver Cloud I, 1956, #SYB18, Hooper Saloon. This Saloon was executed to
Hooper's Design-No.: 8435.
Silver Cloud I (121 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies)
Silver Cloud I long wheelbase (36 were fitted with coachbuilt
Silver Cloud I altogether