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Bassoli - Cloud Buch

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I & Bentley S1


Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I
(1955 - 1959)

R-R Silver Cloud I, 1959, #SMH259
R-R 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 colour.

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.


Technical Data:
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 size 8.20x15

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, 1956, #SYB18, Hooper Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, 1956, #SYB18, Hooper Saloon. This Saloon was executed to Hooper's Design-No.: 8435.


No. made:

2238 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I (121 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies)
  122 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I long wheelbase (36 were fitted with coachbuilt bodies)
2360 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I altogether
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