Words cannot describe this stunning 1962 Silver Cloud II. Finished in Midnight blue with Champagne (cream) interior combining Connolly leather with West of England cloth upholstery. The most notable feature of this car, besides being a superb condition example of a Silver Cloud II - Long Wheel Base ("LWB") with factory glass division, is the very unique fitment of a rear seat dash-board containing full instrumentation; speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, altimeter, compass and clock. Along with other switches and control functions. The car has a host of special fitments and these are listed below. Recently acquired from an estate where the owner was an avid and life-time collector of Rolls-Royces, this Silver Cloud II is in simply superb condition and certainly the best of the collection. Its provinance is equally impressive, adding to its uniqueness. Once owned by well-known Hollywood actor - Nicholas Cage - its history is as follows: LLCD22 was ordered by Charles F Urschel, a Texas oil tycoon. The car was sent to Harold Radford Ltd for the various fittings, with the exception of the rear instrument panel, which was done at Park Ward Coachwork Ltd in London. Mr Urschel was a prolific motoring enthusiast and often drove the car himself. He employed an equally enthusiastic chauffeur for those occasions when he needed to be driven, hence the rear instrument panel. LLCD22, in addition to being uniquely bespoke, is an historically important car. Mr Urschel was kidnapped by “Machine Gun” Kelly in 1933. After Mr Urschel’s death in 1970, LLCD22 was acquired by his old friend, Nathan “Available” Jones, who kept it until his death, at which time noted collector Jerry Moore acquired the car. Mr Moore kept LLCD22 until he passed away, at which time Nicholas Cage bought the car. Mr Cage kept the car until his tax issues got the best of him. In 2002, noted Rolls-Royce enthusiast N Craig Bryant bought the car, which he had known since new, as he was friends with both Mr Urschel and “Available” Jones. LLCD22 was ordered finished in Midnight Blue with Brick finelines, which were changed to beige upon delivery as per Mr Urschel’s request. The interior is upholstered in a combination of special pigskin-grained Champagne-coloured Connolly hide and Beige Bedford cord cloth. Purchased by its most recent owner in 2002, she has remained in the same ownership and been the product of a healthy and loving stewardship. So original is the car, it still sports the original black on yellow number plates right down to an original "1962" license sticker. Body and paint is excellent. She was repainted some 20 years ago, in the same original colour, at the cost back then of over $25,000. It is painted in 2 stage clear over base and looks stunning. She is finished off with beige fine-lines in the hand-painted tradition to the waist-rail and hubcap beauty rings. All bright work is in excellent condition with minimal pitting, dents or marks. The interior is simply stunning with all its original fitments. The Connolly leather is supple and soft showing only the very modest of wear. 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 cracked leather!). The Circassian burl walnut wood-work throughout is to die for and I highly recommend viewing of all the close-up photos in the link provided. The Wilton wool carpets are all original, as are the head-liner and lambswool mouton rugs. Mechanically, the car is superb. She has been put through Park-Ward's fully appointed facility and anything needing doing was attended to. This aside, the car was excellent to begin with. As testimony, we received the car after more than 3 years of her not being started. - after doing all the necessary commissioning procedures, she fired up instantly...... Read more; go to: www.park-ward.c
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