Words are tough to describe this stunning 1958 Silver Cloud. Finished in rich burgundy over putty grey with blue-grey Connolly leather upholstery fashioning everything in a very original and unrestored manner. Recently from the collection of an enthusiastic collector, this Silver Cloud is one in spectacular condition and perhaps amongst the best out of the collection. Its most recent owner has retired and moved to smaller premises and we purchased the car. The Silver Cloud was produced by Rolls-Royce Limited from April 1955 to March 1966. It was the core model of the Rolls-Royce range during that period. The Silver Cloud replaced the Silver Dawn and was, in turn, replaced by the Silver Shadow. The J. P. Blatchley design was a major change from the pre-war models and the highly derivative Silver Dawn. This Silver Cloud was originally delivered January 1958 to J C Stewart-Clark, finished in Shell Grey over Velvet Green with Grey hide. It was spectacularly repainted some 20 years ago. The quality of work done was simply outstanding and we can ascertain at a very high the cost. Today, the body and paint is quite excellent. She presents very smooth and lustrous with only very minor blemishes and imperfections you would normally expect of an older car restoration, albeit well maintained. All new rubbers were fitted to the car including the factory correct (and expensive) door rubber seals. She is finished off with burgundy fine lines to the side coach-work in the correct hand painted tradition. Chrome, bright-work (including hubcaps) are in outstanding condition. Glass and fittings all present well. The interior is indeed beautiful with all its original fitments. The Connolly Luxan hides are supple soft with the most perfect amount of wear, just as you would want of aged hides. She does show all the lovely signs of gentle use and the warm "patina" that makes these Rolls-Royce interiors what they are (the word "patina" is used literally here, and not as a means to explain old dry and rough leather!). There has been a repair on the driver seat cushion but it blends into insignificance with the remaining hides. The rear seat is simply divine. The African burl walnut wood throughout is in nice condition and appears to be the only noticeable aspect of the interior that has been refinished, simply because it is so good. Carpets are fine as is the headliner. Rich burgundy mouton overlays finish the interior off nicely as they draw in the same exterior colour combination. Mechanically, the car is superb. She sings like the best should sing and always come to life when called upon. The car has been regularly maintained over the last 5 years through Park-Ward's fully appointed facility. She idles very smooth, powers well and handles the road comfortably and straight. She comes to a stand still true and strong. The tyres on the car are period correct whitewalls and are only a few years old. Under the bonnet she is clean and presents well. It has not been precision detailed but simply kept clean and tidy throughout its life. As you would expect, this Silver Cloud comes with its original accoutrements, all various tools, jack, torch, a brand new spare and operating manual. The car is of very high standard and is an undisputable 10 out of 10 driver rating and a good Preservation Class show car.
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