RM Hershey 2015 Preview – 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Drophead Coupe



1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Drophead CoupeThis feels timely. But is outre and fabulous on its own, even without Dawn intro…!

This 1950s Cloud is just lovely. It shows how far Rolls-Royce has come, but the luxury standard continuing uninterrupted. In example? A giant air conditioner unit up front in this ragtop, plus rear table trays in matching burl walnut.

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Drophead Coupe

RM London 2015

London

7 September 2015

Lot 160
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupé Adaptation by H.J. Mulliner
To be auctioned on Monday, September 7, 2015
Sold for £218,400
  • Chassis no. SNH14
  • Engine no. SN139
  • Body no. 6213
  • Design no. 7504

Photo Credit: Tim Scott ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

178 bhp, 4,877 cc F-head inline six-cylinder engine with twin two-inch SU carburettors, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and hydraulic dampers, rear semi-elliptical springs with controllable hydraulic dampers, and self-adjusting hydraulic front brakes with combined hydraulic and mechanical rear brakes with servo-assist. Wheelbase: 3,124 mm
  • Offered by renowned James Bond production designer Sir Ken Adam
  • Used and enjoyed by Sir Ken all over the world for 40 years
  • One of only three original RHD Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupé Adaptations
  • Highly original

Beginning about halfway through the production run of the Silver Cloud I, Rolls-Royce offered a drophead coupé by H.J. Mulliner, style number 7504. Unlike previous Mulliner drophead coupés on this chassis, the new car, referred to as an adaptation, made use of a “Standard Steel” saloon body shell, which was then modified by Mulliner. This would be the standard method of construction for most Mulliner DHCs through to the end of the Silver Cloud series in 1965.

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