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Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

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A luxury car produced by Rolls Royce from 1955-1958. Superseded by the Silver Cloud II and retroactively referred to as the Silver Cloud I.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Construction was body-on-frame, which permitted special bodied versions, though the overwhelming majority were built with the standard Pressed Steel Company manufactured steel body shell. A light-weight aluminium-based alloy was used for doors, bonnet/hood and boot/trunk lid. The chassis was a simple steel box section, welded together and very rigid. The car was 5.38 m (212 in) long, 1.90 m (75 in) wide, and massed 1.95 tonnes. The engine was a 155 hp / 4000 rpm 4.9 L (300 cu in) six-cylinder unit with inlet over exhaust valves: twin SU carburettors were added in September 1957. The standard transmission was a four-speed automatic, the General Motors sourced Hydramatic transmission. The turning circle was 41 feet 8 inches (12.70 m).

Brakes were hydraulic and assisted by the Rolls-Royce mechanical servo with 11 in (279 mm) drums and suspension was independent coils at the front and semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Twin brake master cylinders were incorporated from April 1956.

Power steering and air conditioning became available as options in 1956.

A long-wheelbase version lengthened by 4 in (102 mm) was also made available in September 1957, outwardly very similar to the existing car but offering improved leg space for rear-seat passengers.

The British Motor magazine tested a standard-wheelbase factory-bodied Series I in 1956 recording a top speed of 102.9 mph (165.6 km/h) and acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 13.5 seconds and a fuel consumption of 14.5 miles per imperial gallon (19.5 L/100 km; 12.1 mpg-US). The test car cost £5078 including taxes.


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1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1958
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $15,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1958
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $15,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1958
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $15,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1958
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $15,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
26 March 2011The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud - One Classy RideWilliam Jason


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Hubley 167K-2001930 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud1:24 scale, Special Feature Kit (military car)


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