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Britains most widely heralded automobile manufacturer had entered its sixth full decade of operation when the 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II was released to the buying public, and expectations continued to run high. Who is to say whether Charles Rolls and Henry Royce had any notion as to just how far their shared dream would soar when, in 1906, their partnership was formalized and the company bearing their name officially born. The governing charter had been one of pushing motor engineering to its limits, redefining precision excellence, and establishing an impossibly high bar for automotive luxury. It should go without saying that the 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II embodied this charter through and through, as had the Silver Cloud I, though to a lesser extent in one important regardthat of engine power.
The 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II had been cleverly outfitted with a hardy 6.2 liter V-8, whereas the Silver Cloud I housed a six-cylinder engine. This made for a notable difference in acceleration, in torque, and in top speed. Otherwise, the two iterations were very similar. Both were full-size, 4-door saloons, and both featured body-on-frame construction that allowed for coachbuilders to provide custom variants in select units. These included drop head coupe, and fixed head coupe designs, many of which were produced by famous coachbuilders Park Ward and Freestone & Webb. Also, by the time the 1960s came around, power steering was no longer an added feature; it was standard across the stable of Rolls Royce models. In effect, the Silver Cloud II helped graduate its manufacturer to a still higher plane of engineering and commercial excellence.
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