The 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was essentially the original Silver Cloud with a different engine, and Rolls-Royce's new 6.2-liter light-alloy V-8 said to have been inspired by Cadillac's 1949 ohv unit.

The Silver Cloud II was identical with the companion Bentley S-Type Series II of these years except for nameplates and, of course, the Rolls-Royce radiator and mascot. As with its predecessor, most of these cars had the "standard steel" sedan body, but 299 examples were long-wheelbase limousines with division window and handcrafted coachwork.

The 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was arguably, still the "Best Car in the World" at this time, but falling behind rising standards of chassis refinement.

Pluses of the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II:

  • Milestone status
  • 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
  • More performance and smoother than the 1955-1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
  • Quieter operation than the 1955-1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
  • Rolls construction quality
  • Superb luxury

Minuses of the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II:

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

Production of the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II:

  • Standard body: 2,417
  • Limousine: 299

Specifications of the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II:
Wheelbase, inches: 123.0/127.0 (sedan/limousine)
Length, inches:
212.0/216.0 (sedan/limousine)
Weight, pounds: 4,550/4,650 (sedan/limousine)
Price, new
: NA

Engines for the 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
6,230 cc (380 cid)
NA*
1959-1962

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

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