Automobile and engineering trailblazers Charles Rolls and Henry Royce officially established their now legendary partnership in 1906, a couple of years after having released their first car. And while both men probably envisioned their joint enterprise outliving them by some years, the release of the 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II over a half-century later would surely have defied their expectations, lofty though they may have been. The Silver Cloud was the esteemed manufacturers second major release of a 4-door, full-size saloon (FR layout) since the Second World War had ended, the first having been the Silver Dawn. And the 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II had itself been preceded (as its title suggests) by an earlier iteration of the same model.
Aesthetically speaking, the 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II was not outwardly distinctive from its Silver Cloud I predecessor. There were a couple of variations to warrant the denoting of a second iteration, but the most significant change was to be found under the hood. While both the Silver Dawn and the Silver Cloud I housed six-cylinder engines under their polished hoods, the Silver Cloud II managed to find room for a beefier 6.2-liter V-8 which admittedly increased the unit weight, but also offered improved torque and a higher top speed. Arguably, the Silver Cloud II was more closely aligned with the founders vision, one of fusing powerful engine performance with incomparable luxury, comfort, and stability. And while the earlier six-cylinder were nothing at which to sneeze, they were roundly outclassed by the Silver Cloud IIs stronger V-8. Coachbuilders such as James Young contributed a handful of drop head coupe designs to this iteration.
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