Make: Rolls Royce
Model: Silver Cloud II
Origin: Stuttgart, Germany
Production: 1959-1962 | 2,417
Engine: 6.2 L
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was introduced in October 1959 and was the first Rolls-Royce model to exceed Bentley in production numbers, with 2,716 built between 1959 and 1962; 299 of these rode the long wheelbase chassis. The car was also the first to utilize Rolls-Royce aluminum, 6.2 liters, 230-hp V-8 engine which had been in the planning stages since 1947. The introduction was so significant that the engine itself was displayed with the new Rolls-Royces at the London Motor Show.
The Motor published an extensive road test of the new Silver Cloud II, with the subhead, "Effortless speed and extreme quietness with a new V-8 engine." In September 1960, Road & Track reported, "it is a pleasure to report that there is still a company in business dedicated to the task of producing the best car in the world, regardless of cost."
The Silver Cloud's new V-8 engine replaced the venerable straight-six, which was originally introduced in 1907 and fitted to the Silver Ghost. The new V-8 provided about 30 percent more horsepower and cruising speed was increased by raising the rear axle ratio. Fuel consumption dropped from 16 mpg on the six-cylinder cars to about 10 mpg on the new V-8. Chassis lubrication intervals were increased to 10,000 miles as the former one-shot "Bijur" pedal pump system was replaced by 21 grease gun fittings.