The Silver Cloud, released in April 1955 and remaining in production for more than ten years, was the entry-level  Rolls Royce during that exciting period for the auto industry.

The design of the Roll Royce  Silver Cloud created by J. P. Blatchley, the company’s, talented in-house designer marked a substantial change in direction from the pre-war models, even from its predecessor, the Silver Dawn, whose design features primarily derived from the prewar period.

Another indicator of increasing levels of range rationalisation within Rolls-Royce was the fact that it's design counterparts, the Bentley S1 bore compelling similarities to the Silver Cloud, with the usual exception being its radiator grille.

Comments in the media on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, especially the Series II version, were sometimes less complementary than they had been in the past. 

Close to be even critical of the great car, some writers even went as far as hinting that this particular vehicle may be “one of the last to be worthy of the description as the "best car in the world",” a self-praising accolade which Rolls-Royce were increasingly inclined to use in their advertising.

What is for sure is that the Silver Cloud provided better performance than any of its predecessors from the Rolls-Royce stable, as well as the models that followed.

The Silver Cloud was the first Rolls-Royce to have its body produced in-house, although it still retained a separate chassis.

The company's thinking was that, unlike most unitary construction rivals' cars, buyers could have a unique body fitted if they wanted one without too much re-engineering.

The   Mark II version of the Silver Cloud II was released in late 1959, continuing until 1962 when it was replaced by the final version, the Silver Cloud III.

 The Mark II was significantly faster and more powerful than the Mark I versions, thanks to being fitted with a V8 engine.

Nobody knew exactly how potent the Mark II was, due to Rolls Royce’s reticence to provide performance figures for their vehicles during the Fifties and Sixties,

The significant difference between the II and III versions was the twin headlamps, the rest of the body remaining unchanged.  

There were several major ulterior motives in doubling the number of headlamps- the first to increase levels of illumination, the second to the vehicle to meet the most recent  North American lighting regulations, and lastly to test the layout for the soon to be launched Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.  

With the launch of the Silver Shadow in 1965, the Silver Cloud was phased out, having served Rolls Royce well for just over a decade.

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