1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe
In 1959 Rolls Royce unveiled the new Silver Cloud II, a design that would prove to be among the most elegant and sought-after post-war bodies to come out of the Rolls Royce factory. The Silver Cloud II was powered by a brand new, Rolls Royce-developed 6.2L all-aluminum V8 that produced 185 hp with the help of twin SU carburetors. This new engine, the replacement for the previous inline 6 motor, was so robust that it became the foundation for the Rolls Royce V8 for the next thirty years, appearing under the Spirit of Ecstasy until the 1990s. While the Silver Cloud II’s updated body and power plant were enough for most of Britain’s elites, a well know coachbuilder by the name of H.J. Mulliner offered something more for those who only desired the best the global automotive industry had to offer. The H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe “Adaptation” was named as such because each drophead coupe began its life as a Standard Steel Saloon body that Mulliner then modified extensively by removing the steel top, fitting a pair of larger doors to replace the previous four, and adding modified chrome waistline molding. The result is, practically speaking, a full custom body and it has been noted that the adaptation of the standard Silver Cloud II body was likely just as intensive as had Mulliner created an entirely new Drophead Coupe body for the cars.
This stunning 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II is finished in Porcelain White over red leather interior. The look is completed with a burgundy soft top and fine red coachlining accentuating the first three-quarters of the elegant body. This fine example was under the same ownership for thirty years and appears largely original. The all-aluminum V8 lives up to its high praise, running smoothly and accelerating with the same effortlessness one would expect of a Rolls Royce flagship. The interior features a beautiful hand-laid wooden dashboard which, while it does exhibit some signs of age, presents beautifully and is home to a perfectly functioning set of gauges and switchgear. In the rear of the car, passengers are treated to a pair of perfect fold-out picnic tables. The car shows 6,434 miles on its five-digit odometer. Whether driving through the country or parked on the concours lawn, this Silver Cloud has an imposing yet dignified presence the made Rolls Royce famous for their luxury offerings.
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