When Charles Rolls and Henry Royce founded, in 1906, the celebrated automobile company which bears their name, the binding vision which guided their shared enterprise was one of designing precision, high-performance cars. And 51 years later, long after both had shed their mortal coils, the 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I was carrying the torch of that vision in grand fashion. Like the Silver Dawn precursor which it was designed to replace, the 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I was a 4-door saloon with a front-engine, real-wheel-drive layout. And while the similarities did not end there, the 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I was in many respects a decided upgrade from its predecessor. There was also a production consideration in play, which led to a higher volume output than what had been achievable with the Silver Dawn. Three iterations of the Silver Cloud would go into production; the first of these on its own saw more Silver Clouds produced than what over ten years of Silver Dawn production had yielded.
The Silver Cloud model was a body-on-frame construction, which allowed for customization in the case of select units. But the majority of Silver Clouds were manufactured with steel body shells provided by Pressed Steel Company. This production practice contributed to higher unit volumes and saw many Silver Clouds populating the motorways throughout the years ahead. And despite its being a relatively heavy machine, at over two tons, the 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine could nevertheless haul the classy bucket along at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. Coupe and drop head variants were uncommon but did materialize from time to time; a direct benefit of the body-on-frame construction model. A 4-speed Hydramatic transmission, provided by General Motors, further distanced the Silver Cloud I from its immediate predecessor.
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