Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner -1959
Marca : Rolls-Royce
Modello : Silver Cloud I
Anno : 1959
Esemplari prodotti : 13
Carrozzeria : H. J. Mulliner & Co.
Motore : 6 Cilindri in linea
Distribuzione : Valvole laterali
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Aspirazione : Carburatore
Cilindrata : 4.877 cc
Potenza : 178 CV
Top speed Km/h :
Ultima Vendita : 2015 – Amelia Island – RM Sotheby’s – $ 715.000
Beginning about halfway through the production run of the Silver Cloud I, Rolls-Royce offered a drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner, style number 7504. Unlike previous Mulliner Drophead Coupes on this chassis, the new car, referred to as an adaptation, made use of a “Standard Steel Saloon” body shell, which was heavily modified by Mulliner. This would be the standard method of construction for most Mulliner Drophead Coupes through to the end of the Silver Cloud series in 1965. No others were as rare as the Silver Cloud I variant, of which 13 were built, with 10 being left-hand-drive examples.
This car, chassis number LSMH57, is perhaps the finest restored example of a Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe Adaptation known to exist. It was built for Norman Paul Butler, a founder of Oak Brook, Illinois, as well as the Oak Brook Polo Club and the Butler National Golf Course. Mr. Butler specified numerous unique features for his Rolls-Royce, including a dashboard-mounted Rolls-Royce tachometer, power-assisted steering, power windows, a power top, dual fog lights, and a rear seat that had been designed to fold flat, forming a platform for additional luggage for touring. These specifications cost the original owner nearly $15,000, which was a tremendous sum in 1959, especially when a new Chevrolet at that time cost around $2,500!