1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Saloon
$65,000 - $85,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 2019 - Offered on: Thursday, January 17, 2019
- One of 2,238 Silver Clouds produced from 1955–1959
- Equipped with air conditioning, automatic gearbox, and power steering and brakes
- An older restoration that presents very nicely throughout
- Includes Rolls-Royce Foundation documentation
The Silver Cloud was the zenith of prestige and luxury, carrying on the Rolls-Royce name from 1955–1965. Despite being new in 1955, the Silver Cloud was fitted with proven mechanicals. The elegant coachwork, designed by John Blatchley, covered a 4.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine from the pre-World War II Silver Wraith along with four-wheel drum brakes and a live rear axle. But to traditionalists, all that mattered was that this was a Rolls-Royce in the grandest tradition.
According to Rolls-Royce Foundation records, chassis LSKG125 arrived in the U.S. on the S.S. Sylvania on 28 February 1959 and was purchased from Rolls-Royce, Inc. by J.S. Inskip on 10 November 1959. Equipment includes air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, radio, and an automatic transmission. Inskip delivered the car to its first owner, George J. Stewart, on 27 January 1960, who traded it back on 25 April 1961. It was then sold to the Cunard Steam-Ship Co., Ltd. for use in New York on 7 June 1962.
Finished in an elegant combination of Sable over Sand with matching Sand Connolly leather hides, it was restored by its prior owner approximately 15 years ago by marque expert Hyphen, Inc. At the time of its restoration the engine was fully refurbished as well as the automatic transmission and all cooling, braking, and fuel systems. The Silver Cloud has been used sparingly by its current and prior owner, and it is believed that the odometer reading of little more than 90,000 miles is correct from new.
It has been regularly maintained and driven 200–300 miles per year by the consignor who describes it as a roadworthy car that presents very well. Having led a pampered life, it has been part of his collection for the last four years. An owner’s handbook, shop manual, lubrication and maintenance instructions, service invoices, and aforementioned Rolls-Royce Foundation documentation are included.