Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I


The 1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I was a near-identical twin to the Bentley S-Type and introduced concurrently with it. Of course, it featured the distinctive, more expensive Rolls-Royce radiator and flying lady mascot. There was supposed to be a slight difference in engine power in 1955 and 1956, though it would be hard to prove given Rolls-Royce’s nondisclosure policy.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I was offered as the "standard steel" four-door sedan, which is naturally the most numerous model today, as well as in long-wheelbase limousine form. Special coachbuilt bodies, mostly coupes and convertibles, were also available through Rolls-Royce's usual suppliers.

Pluses of the 1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I:

  • Another Milestone Rolls
  • Body and mechanical parts still available
  • Cheaper than a new one
  • Dignified styling with loads of snob appeal
  • Excellent club support
  • Good V-8 performance
  • Many had GM automatic transmission
  • Rolls construction quality
  • Superb luxury

Minuses of the 1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I:

  • Costly to maintain and restore
  • Low mpg
  • Not very fast with the six
  • Rust-prone

Production of the 1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I:

  • Standard body: 2,238
  • Limousine: 121

Specifications of the 1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I:
Wheelbase, inches: 123.0/127.0 (sedan/limousine)
Length, inches:
212.0/216.0 (sedan/limousine)
Weight, pounds: 4,370/4,650 (sedan/limousine)
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1955-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
F I-6
4,887 cc (298 cid)
NA*
1955-1959

*Rolls-Royce customarily did not quote power or torque output

Want more information about classic cars? See:


More to Explore