The 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was considered for many years to be exactly what a Rolls-Royce needed to be; the epitome of Rolls-Royce-ness, if you will. It was an exquisitely luxurious car, unsurprisingly, with walnut dashboard and accents everywhere, fine soft leather, but also offered technical innovations that were uncommon for the time, such as air-conditioning and power steering. Interestingly, while it had an independent front suspension, it also offered rear dampers that were adjustable from the driver’s seat. Like all Rolls-Royce cars, while the model did not visibly change over its 10 year production run, technological improvements were always being applied.
One of the first Rolls-Royce cars to be fitted, by default, with an automatic transmission, the Silver Cloud came with an adequate 4.9-liter straight-six engine, which was replaced in 1958 with the brand-new, all-alloy 6.2-liter V8. This gave the big car plenty of pep, with a new top speed of 116 miles per hour and an impressive 0-60 time of 11 seconds. The V8 were, unfortunately, not as quiet or smooth, but coupled to the four-speed automatic, they made the car fun to drive. Of course, it is doubtful that many Silver Cloud owners drove them themselves!
The 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud is a classic luxury automobile, the very image of the of what Post-War luxury was, and it’s doubtful we’ll see its like again.