The Rolls-Royce Automobile Factory never did produce a Drophead Coupe (DHC) version of their fantastic Silver Cloud II. Instead they offered a DHC version, to those wealthy enough, by supplying renown coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner with standard bodied cars. H.J. Mulliner created 107 of these brand new Rolls-Royce Tourers, named Design 7504, of which only 32 were Right-Hand Drive. "A Drophead Rolls-Royce was truly a sign of only the greatest wealth", this is reflected unmistakably through both the aesthetics of Design 7504, and the superb driving atmosphere of these automobiles.
A symbol of wealth and discerning taste, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was the car of high society in period. The star quality of the vehicle held the test of time and the model remained in production for over 10 years. Production started in 1955, with three model iterations, and was produced by Rolls-Royce in saloon form while coupé and drophead coupé bodies were created by the top coachbuilders of the time such as H.J Mulliner.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was first introduced in 1959 with little changes to the car aesthetically over early models, however the key differences took place under the bonnet. Alongside a range of luxury optional extras, the Silver Cloud featured a Rolls-Royce developed 6.2-litre V8 engine replacing the earlier six-cylinder unit, improving acceleration and overall performance.
Rolling off the production line late in 1959, this example was ordered by South African entrepreneur Max Wilson, who purchased two fully loaded Silver Cloud II models fitted with all available extras including premium options such as electrically-operated windows, aerial, rear armrest mounted radio speakers and whitewall tyres. The Rolls-Royce was later delivered and first registered to ‘Wilson Interests Limited’ in April 1960 complete with H.J Mulliner coachwork.
WHO IS MAX WILSON?
South African millionaire Max Wilson set up the Travel Savings Association (TSA) in 1963, offering cheap ‘no-frills’ holiday cruises. Passengers paid instalments to the TSA saving scheme to eventually use the funds to buy an inexpensive ocean cruise, starting from just $6 a day.
Industry leader Canadian Pacific acquired a 51% controlling interest in the promising new venture and the first maiden TSA voyage left the seaport of Liverpool in October 1963 with the famous cruise ship ‘Empress of Britain’, with the ‘Empress of England’ later joining the TSA cruise fleet.
The first TSA voyage was a huge success, chartering a two-week cruise to Spain, Morocco and Monte Carlo. Wilson stayed true to his promise of “the only thing lowered is the price – not the standards”. Later, in 1964, Max Wilson began to diversify travel empire by turning his attention to budget air travel and luxury coach holidays.
After remaining in Wilson’s ownership for over 10 years, the Silver Cloud II changed hands to what’s believed to be only two more owners, Hooper Ltd and P.J Fischer Classic Automobiles, in the space of 15 years. P.J Fischer later sold the car to a Mr. Theodorovich of Kowloon, Hong Kong, who purchased the limited-edition Silver Cloud II for the sum of £80,000. P.J Fischer continued to maintain and service the vehicle for the next 10+ years at which point the Rolls-Royce was recorded to have been resprayed and finished in White.
In 2012 Mr. Theodorovich had the luxury vehicle exported to his home in Hong Kong, where the Rolls-Royce would begin its long service history with Frank Dale & Stepsons - the history folder still holds numerous service and maintenance invoices from this time.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was later exported and returned home to the UK in 2017, entering DM Historics ownership. Our in-house restoration team immediately began to restore the well-travelled Rolls-Royce with the aim to reinstate the trademark luxurious status of the vehicle and complete the car to a concours standard.
EXTERIOR | PAINT
Repainted by our expert classic car restoration team, the Rolls-Royce has been taken back to its original finish of Shell Grey, displaying an exceptional final shine with no imperfections. Finished to the highest quality, the stunning paintwork is embellished by a hand painted red pinstripe running along the coach lines.
EXTERIOR | CHROME
It comes as no surprise the Rolls-Royce boasts beautifully re-chromed original exterior fittings. The immaculate re-chromed bumpers, over-riders and light surrounds complement the flawless Shell Grey finish.
EXTERIOR | WHEELS
Our 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II sits on a set of stunning 15” white wall tyres with re-chromed hubcaps and traditional hand painted red pin stripes over the body colour matching centre caps. The car also features a matching spare wheel.
INTERIOR | DASH & INSTRUMENTS
Step into the car and you are welcomed by a classic and original burr walnut surrounding cockpit which is in stunning condition with a true deep shine and minimal signs of age. The dash features beautifully clean and period correct dials and instruments.
INTERIOR | SEATS & TRIM
In 2018 the car was treated to a full retrim to restore the luxurious automobile back to the factory original Red leather interior with fabulous complementing grey carpets and a red power-operated hood, which still functions perfectly. The supple red leather seats with reconditioned foam and frames offer an incredibly comfortable driving position in this beautiful classic grand-tourer.
Our Silver Cloud II is without mechanical fault, offering great driving pleasure and an outstanding sense of occasion whilst at the wheel. With a now fully detailed engine bay and smooth-running touring engine, the Rolls-Royce possesses an unmatched road-presence whilst providing next-level comfort for drivers and passengers alike, everything a Rolls-Royce should be.
If you are interested in taking up this rare opportunity to own a beautiful Rolls-Royce restored to the highest standards by a concours winning restoration team, please inquire by phone or email. We are more than happy to welcome any serious buyers to our premises to view the car in its current state and to view our facilities.