Wed, 19th Jun 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 44

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Empress by Hooper

Sold for £38,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: 820 YUR
Chassis No: SXA45
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- 1 of just 20 to body design 8425

- 84,966 recorded miles

- Offered from a private collection

Further info :

'820 YUR' is one of just 20 coach-built Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud's fashioned in aluminium to Hooper's eye-catching design number 8425. It had apparently spent most of life in the sunny climes of southern California before being repatriated c.eight years ago and joining a selection of other Rolls-Royces as part of a private UK collection. It was evidently repainted around the time of its return and is now resplendent in Champagne over Silver Sand, colours that suit its distinctive form well and are complemented by the equally smart Beige hide interior trim, the front cushions of which have been refurbished. When new, such cars cost almost double that of their Standard Steel counterparts and were unashamedly the epitome of indulgence and opulence. The rear doors hinged from the back facilitating the entry and exit of back seat passengers, who also had the facility of large walnut picnic tables. The boot is suitably capacious with room for a large quantity of luggage, as would frequently have been carried by a typical owner of the time. Currently displaying a totally credible 85,000 miles, the Rolls has recently benefitted from the fitment of a new exhaust system, and is presented in seemingly very fine order throughout - the vendor informs us that 'the car drives well and the changes of the automatic gearbox are a seamless affair. The under-bonnet area is in very original and tidy condition and would serve the car well if exhibited at a show'. A rare opportunity.

Launched in April 1955, the Silver Cloud I was based on a completely new closed box section frame, reputedly 50 percent stiffer than that of the outgoing Silver Dawn. Though the retention of a separate chassis allowed for the production of bespoke bodies, ultimately all but 157 of the 2,360 Cloud Is produced featured the in-house offering.

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