1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II STANDARD STEEL SALOON
Registration No. 789 DYL
Chassis No. SAE 187
Engine No. 93 ES
Two tone grey, with tan leather interior
Engine: V8, 6230cc, twin SU carburettors, power-assisted steering; Gearbox: four speed automatic; Suspension: front, coil springs and wishbones, rear, rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. Brakes: drums all round. Right 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 6230cc V8 for the Cloud. Compact, and no heavier than the six cylinder unit it 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.
First registered on 10th April 1962, the Cloud II on offer was sold new a week later through Jack Barclay Ltd. to Mr Wright of Dagenham, who kept the car for three years before it returned to London to a Mr Cachia of Kensington. It would appear that Mr Cachia took the car back to Jack Barclay for servicing, as their original service and maintenance guide is completed up until April 1971, by which time the mileage was around 57,500. There are no further entries in this book, so it may be assumed that the car changed hands then. It was purchased by the present owner in 1989 who has ensured that it be cared for and regularly maintained.
Period features particular to this example include picnic tables and a dashboard tray with ashtray, as well as electric windows. At some stage during its life the paintwork has been renewed, though this has also now aged, presumably at the same time the interior was connolised, so in essence the car has the appearance of an older restoration. However its owner has required that it always be ready for use, and on a recent test drive the car proved itself performing admirably, and with all electrics operative.
The file of paperwork includes MoT certificates dating back to 1978, and documenting the last 25,000 miles, and supporting its total mileage of 105,000. It also has copies of bills for work carried out in the early 1990s totalling over £3700, the old buff log book, and original Jack Barclay service book. Current MoT and road fund documents also accompany the car.