Just one year shy of a half-century after Charles Rolls and Henry Royce founded their eponymous company (in 1906), the Silver Cloud Saloon would make its 1955 debut. Rolls and Royce had set out in the early 20th century to achieve engineering excellence and commercial success, a project which would ultimately be realized and would also prove enduring. The Silver Cloud Saloon, which directly replaced the Silver Dawn, was very much in keeping with its manufacturers standards for quality, performance, and luxurious feel. And with its body-on-frame construction, the Silver Cloud Saloon was configurable in terms of its coachwork, though most units used the steel body shell provided by Pressed Steel Company, a joint British-American manufacturing business.
Despite its curb weight of nearly 5,000 pounds, the Silver Cloud was capable of top speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. This was attributable to the saloons 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine, which yielded over 150 horsepower. The power/weight ratio was rather favorable, given the Silver Cloud Saloons luxury car categorization, though 0-60mph acceleration was somewhat modest. Another technical aspect worth noting is the Silver Clouds transmission, a 4-speed Hydramatic provided by General Motors. Lastly, at 212 inches in length and nearly 75 in width, the Silver Cloud was a palace on wheels and quite spatially accommodating for its occupants. As over 7,000 Silver Cloud units were produced and sold between 1955 and 1966, the model is not particularly uncommon. Nevertheless, finding a unit in acceptable condition at an agreeable price might prove somewhat challenging.
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