West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptionally rare example of this absolutely stunning and restored only as required over the years 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II 6.2L V8 4 door saloon, with only 2,417 of these completely hand built cars ever built and with only very few remaining! This particular example boasts recent long time ownership with service records and has rare factory options of air conditioning, 'Sundym' reflective tinted glass, White sided tubeless tires, power steering, power brakes and power windows. Finished in a classic striking factory color of 'Masons Black' with 'Red' painted pin-stripes' with a gorgeous matching reupholstered with no expense spared 'Black' color Connolly leather hides with 'Red' piping over beautiful 'Black' carpeting interior showing superb maintenance and care from its long time owners with absolutely outstanding and virtually flawless refinished wood and leather.
This particular original U.S specification example (Left Hand Drive Model) was imported to the U.S. from England with the car factory ordered and optioned with:
Cash Price of Car: approximately $15,655
Electric Windows $220 'Sundym' Glass: $45 Electric Antenna Air Conditioning $795
The car still retains many original items including quite amazingly its rare leather wrapped rear leaf springs and the car has obviously been extraordinarily well maintained over the years with recent service records showing meticulous attention to detail. The car has been family owned for many years and is undoubtedly a cherished and always garaged car which has no signs of any accidents and which is a completely rust free example - the floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust free - see below undercarriage photos for probably one of the finest shots of an all original Rolls Royce Silver Cloud undercarriage anywhere!
The car is finished in beautiful and a highly desirable classic 'Mason's Black' exterior color paint which is in exceptional condition and the car has its original matching Rolls Royce hubcaps and it's original full Connolly 'Black with Red pinstripes' color leather interior. Connolly leather is legendary for being exclusively used in Rolls Royce and other high end British cars and came from unfenced cows which produced unblemished hides. All the chrome work including the front Rolls Royce grille and bumpers is absolutely outstanding. The door panels, carpets, dashboard and the original mohair headliner remarkably show virtually no signs of any wear. The car has it's original spare wheel and heavy tools, electric inspection lamp and charging plug, pressure gauge and tire pump are still located in their rightful place of storage in the trunk compartment. The car also boasts its original owners handbook and copies of its original factory electric wiring sheets.
Obviously always garaged with no accidents or damage history and owned by only obviously very careful owners for over fifty-three years - never abused! The car drives exactly like a well maintained and serviced Rolls Royce should and must be driven to be fully appreciated and seen to be believed! This car drives very well - the engine is extremely strong and purrs like a sewing machine, the transmission shifts smooth with Rolls Royce's legendary almost imperceptible shift and the engine temperature always remains cool. The car drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles and is a truly remarkable and responsive daily driver!
For those who are unfamiliar, the Bentley S series and the Silver Cloud series were absolutely identical with both vehicles hand built at the Rolls Royce factory in Crewe, England with the only differences being their nameplates, radiator and mascots. For those who are unfamiliar, the Bentley S2 and the Silver Cloud II were also therefore absolutely identical, with both vehicles hand built at the Rolls Royce factory in Crewe, England, with the only differences being their nameplates, radiator and mascots. The Silver Cloud II was introduced in 1959 and lasted until 1962. Little changed externally from the Silver Cloud I of of 1956-59 but it now had a much improved 6.2 L V8 engine with performance being greatly improved and the top speed was raised to 183 km/h (114 mph), yet the main improvements were in acceleration and torque. Power steering became standard. Electrically operated windows and air conditioning were now available as an option both of which this particular example has. The Silver Cloud III was introduced in 1962 and lasted until 1965. Little changed externally from the Silver Cloud II with the same improved 6.2 L V8 Series II engine from the original Series I, which had also pushed the weight to 2.11 tonnes.
In autumn 1962 the Series II production cars were given a facelift and the Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 were introduced. The most obvious visual feature was the twin headlamp arrangement in what was virtually an unchanged body style. Four headlamps provided more illumination and made it easier for Rolls-Royce to pass the latest North American lighting regulations. Also this layout had been chosen for the next generation Silver Shadow and this provided a convenient way of bridging the visual gap between the old and the new. The side lamps and flashers were combined and mounted in the noses of the front mudguards: the earlier cars had separate side lamps on the top of the mudguards and used the fog lamps also as flashers. Internally, individual front seats became standard and there was some reshaping of the rear seats.
This particular late 1962 year Silver Cloud II model truly must be driven and seen to be fully appreciated - this is one of the last in the original line of cars handbuilt in the legendary Rolls Royce factory in Crewe, England with a quality and craftsmanship that far surpasses that of today's mass produced models with many BMW parts - this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of automobile history, from a time when Rolls Royce was truly building the world's finest motor cars. This increasingly desirable and collectible Silver Cloud II is truly of investment quality and a car that should definitely be purchased by a collector or enthusiast!
Along with it's tall grill and tall flying lady any Silver Cloud is an absolute moving work of art from a time when Rolls-Royce and Bentley were arguably building the "Best Cars in the World" at the time of it's production; the craftsmanship and quality of these cars obviously speak for themselves and it is becoming increasingly hard to find any examples at all, let alone any such stunning examplesas this one - with only some 2,417 Silver Cloud II's built, and very few remaining or available for sale, you will surely look long and hard to find another in such fine condition. So bid with confidence, with original factory ordered Silver Cloud drophead coupe convertibles now selling well in excess of $1M +, this will no doubt prove a fabulous investment for the astute investor, Rolls Royce enthusiast or British Classic Car Collector or simply a great weekend toy for the discerning luxury classic car owner!