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Buying or Selling a 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I

1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud IWhen Charles Rolls and Henry Royce established their partnership in the early years of the 20th century, they likely could not have fathomed how profoundly their shared vision was fated to echo throughout the decades to come. But a half-century after the companys 1906 founding, the 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I rolled off production lines and onto British roads. And had either of the founders lived to see it, they would surely have beamed with pride. A successor model to the Silver Dawn which had seen the company through the post-WWII era, the 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I was a 4-door saloon (FR layout) which was as much a continuation of what the Silver Dawn had embodied as it was a notable upgrade in relation to it. The models production also benefited from a change in manufacturing processes which had their origins in the preceding decade, but which had not been initially implemented across the board.

Most of the 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I units produced were made with a steel body shell. This was provided by Pressed Steel Company and allowed for a largely streamlined manufacturing process. One result of this process was a remarkable increase in production output, with over 2,000 Silver Cloud I units being manufactured during a four-year run. That said, the Silver Cloud I was a body-on-frame construction, which left open the option of outsourcing custom designs to expert coachbuilders. Park Ward, H.J. Mulliner, and Pininfarina among them. And despite the units heavinessover two tons in weightthe 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine could muscle the sizable mass down the motorways at top speeds of over 100 miles per hour. As envisioned by the companys founders so many years before, the Silver Cloud I was a fusion of luxury, class, performance, and power.

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