nAfter initially launching Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II as a coupe only, the luxurious motoring company brought to market, for those with substantial wealth, a Drop Head Coupe (DHC) version with bodywork supplied by renowned coachbuilder H.J.Mulliner. Creating only 107 of these grand-tourers, a limited number of just 32 were right-hand drive, making this 1960 example a highly desirable piece of motoring history.
Our ‘60s classic Silver Cloud II has recently been treated to a full-colour change back to the factory colouring of 'Shell Grey' paired with a recently retrimmed red interior, grey carpets and red mohair power hood.
The Silver Cloud first arrived to us after spending some time on the other side of the world in Hong Kong. Having been resprayed to White accompanied with the original red leather interior, matching carpets and a white power-operated hood in fully functioning condition, the Silver Cloud II was soon stripped down leaving just a running engine bay and shell.
Our concours-winning bodyshop technicians began evaluating the Silver Cloud’s bodywork looking for any areas that required attention. Once any bodywork imperfections had been addressed and corrected the car was prepared for a transformation back to its original factory finish, starting with its first coat of primer to create an ideal canvas for the paintwork team.
The Silver Cloud II's engine was then removed and engine bay stripped before re-entering the paint booth. The engine bay was treated to a respray, finishing the bulkhead in an eye-catching cream finish. The newly detailed engine bay was then built back up with freshly cleaned and painted auxiliary parts including bonnet latches, wiper motor and airbox, while the wiring also received a tidy up. Once the Rolls-Royce engine bay was successfully rebuilt this luxurious vehicle was ready to finish its transformation to a 'Shell Grey' finish.
The Rolls-Royce entered the paint booth for the final time and received a full-colour change to its original 'Shell Grey'. Once the flat and polished the Silver Cloud II's exterior was built up with its original re-chromed external fittings including bumpers, over-riders and wing mirrors. Also refitted were the recently cleaned and polished badges and grille.
It was decided to give the Silver Cloud an extra edge by finishing the car's coachlines with traditionally hand-painted red pinstripes. This stylistic detail helps to draw attention to the car's stunning body shape and sweeping lines. The red pinstripes also have been hand-painted to the recently re-chromed hubcap centre panels.
With the highly sought after H.J.Mulliner coachwork now reflecting an original luxurious finish, it is understandable why this Drophead Coupe was a symbol of only the greatest wealth back in the 1960s. The Rolls-Royce has seen shown at The Warren Classic Concours 2018, where the car was admired by all attendees.
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