A decade following the end of World War II, Great Britains premier automobile company was readying to pivot both forward and up with a new 4-door saloon. The 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I was a direct successor to the well-received Silver Dawn, also an FR layout full-size saloon, and would step up its manufacturers production output and commercial viability by an order of magnitude. The 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I was produced in numbers north of 2,000, which in and of itself eclipsed the total number of Silver Dawn models manufactured during that models run. And while the model did employ a body-on-frame construction format, most of its units were manufactured with a steel body shell provided by Pressed Steel Company. This contributed to the high unit volume realized by the manufacturer with its 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I, while still allowing for use of coachbuilder services with a limited number of units.
One clear upgrade that separated the Silver Cloud from its immediate precursor was that of engine size. A healthy six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 4.9 liters powered this model. The drivetrains transmission was a 4-speed Hydramatic provided by General Motors. Despite its heavy frame (over two tons), the Silver Clouds strong engine could haul that mass of steel around at a top speed of over 100 miles per hour. Most Silver Clouds fell under the 4-door saloon category, but many of those which made their way to specialty coachbuilders featured drop head, and two-door coupe designs. This is to say that discerning buyers have stylish variants available to them, provided they work with a savvy dealer in tracking them down.
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