Between 1955 and 1966, over 7,300 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud models were manufactured. Designed and sold as direct successor to the Silver Dawn, the Silver Cloud was a categorical upgrade by nearly every conceivable measure. A hardy 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine that could produce 155 horsepower and move the two-ton car at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour powered the first generation. It was a luxury car that adhered very closely to the business tenets and engineering standards first laid down by founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce with the early-20th century founding of their now storied enterprise. And though most Rolls Royce models were produced using a steel body shell provided by the Pressed Steel Company, many variants were manufactured, as the body-on-frame design allowed for as much. Among these was the Silver Cloud Convertible, which was produced in fairly small numbers.
The Silver Cloud Convertible, like its non-convertible counterparts, was built using a light-weight aluminum alloy for the doors as well as for the trunks lid. This cut down on weight, somewhat, and made for a marked departure from the Silver Dawns composition. During this era, the Silver Cloud became the centerpiece model of the Rolls Royce lineup, which rendered the Silver Cloud Convertible a distinctive outlier of a design highly central to its manufacturers business viability. That comparatively few convertibles were made was indicative of the changing approach to large-scale production processes embrace by Rolls Royce in the late-1940s. Simply put, outsourcing the coachbuilding aspect of vehicle manufacture was less common following World War II, though of those which did outsource that piece, many were indeed convertibles. Many of the coachbuilders employed in this pursuit were well-known in their dayJames Young, Park Ward, and Freestone & Webb among them.
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