1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II STANDARD STEEL SALOON
First owned by Miss Sophia Loren
Chassis no. LSRA 91
Engine no. 208 AS
Shell grey over black pearl with grey leather interior.
Engine: V8, 6230cc; pushrod overhead valves, twin SU carburettors; Gearbox: four-speed automatic; Suspension: independent front by wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four-wheel servo assisted hydraulically operated drum. Left hand drive.
Although it looked similar to its predecessor, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, as introduced in September 1959, was the beginning of a new era for the famous Crewe company. Answering the demands for greater power, particularly in the face of ever bigger-engined American rivals, Rolls-Royce had designed an all new light alloy 6,230cc V8 for the Cloud. Compact, and no heavier than the six cylinder unit it had replaced, it had a dramatic effect on the car's performance: top speed was up to 115mph having previously been a little over 100mph, accompanied by the kind of acceleration only a big-engined sportscar could equal, and all achieved with hardly any increase in fuel consumption. It was an engine at the beginning of its life, fit to be refined, tuned and developed as Rolls-Royce knew so well how to do.
Road-tested by The Motor, a standard wheelbase Silver Cloud II notched up a two-way average of over 117 mph. Acceleration was equally satisfactory, 0-60 mph in 10 secs taking the car into sports-car realms.
The car offered for sale today was ordered new for Mrs. Sofia Scicolone (Loren), of 208 Rue de Rivoli, Paris and supplied through official agents Franco Britannic Automobiles. Original specification as available from the chassis build sheets record the fitment of electric windows, a plain Sundym glass windscreen, and the conversion of the headlamps and horn so that there was the option of flashing headlamps by the column horn button should the driver wish, and whilst this facility was in use a separate foot-operated switch worked the high frequency wind tone horns. The Rolls-Royce mascot was supplied loose, and the completed car finished in two-tone Shell over Tudor Grey was flown to Le Touquet on 29th February 1960.
Further history is not noted but today, the Rolls-Royce as part of the Dursteler collection is presented in very good and restored order. This handsome example is equipped with kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy mascot.