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Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Series (1955-66)

Rolls Royce: Silver Cloud I,II,III and Phantom IV, V • Bentley S1, S2, S3 • Coachbuilt and LWB Derivates

The Silver Cloud was the successor of the Silver Dawn and the first real post-war construction, drawn by J.P. Blatchley. According to the tradition of Rolls Royce, the vehicle had a solid steel tube frame which allowed individual bodywork. However, most of the cars were delivered with a factory body from Pressed Steel, as the time of free coachbuilders was coming to an end.

The Silver Cloud of the first series suffered from a sluggish motorization, which was concidered to be insufficient even for its time. Series 2 got a 6,2 ltr. V8 in 1959 which provided more then sufficient power. In the third series the car, which had remained optically unchanged until then, got front double headlights. They already lead the way to its successor. The numbers build were neat: 2444 vehicles of the first series, 2782 of the second and 2578 of the third series. The Bentley models differed only by radiator grille and logo.