1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I
This 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I is being offered at NO RESERVE at WorldWide Auctions Pacific Grove Sale - August 15, 2019
CHASSIS NO: SED 251
• Elegant Hooper Empress coachwork
• Beautiful two-tone paint
• All handbooks from Hooper and Rolls-Royce
• Well-sorted and meticulously maintained
4.9-litre inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers, semi-elliptic rear suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers, hydraulic front and mechanical drum brakes with servo-assist; wheelbase: 127”
Rolls-Royce has always been the world standard for the best motorcar. Brilliant engineering and beautiful coachbuilt bodies combined to make a car that was the favored marque among kings and queens. Prior to World War II, Rolls-Royce relied on other companies to build bodies for their chassis, but the introduction of the Silver Cloud in 1955 signified the company’s leap into building a complete car, but this didn’t stop some coachbuilders from improving the flowing lines of the Silver Cloud. As one of the world’s oldest coachbuilders with roots going back to the 1800s, Hooper & Co. was England’s premier builder of bespoke bodies. They even held a royal warrant to supply elegant horse-drawn carriages as far back as 1830. Clearly, if a horse drawn carriage or fine motorcar of supreme elegance was desired, Hooper & Co. was the one to build it.
Hooper’s work is beautifully displayed on this 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I that’s finished on a lovely two-tone black and gold with tan hides. While there were several coachbuilders left during the 1950s, Hooper catered to only the very top of society by building the most bespoke bodies possible without care or consideration for the expense of materials or labor involved. These were elegant cars that were stately and grand that were well-suited for kings, queens, movie stars, and all manner of society’s finest. This example has just emerged from long-term ownership where it has been maintained, including recent service, and today presents in fine condition. Nothing about Hooper’s design for the Silver Cloud I is discreet, as its flamboyantly curved front fenders sweep gently into the beltline and down to the rear where it gracefully terminates into the rear fenders. This design effect was known by Hooper as the "Empire Line," and was unlike anything else available at the time. The two-tone paint design accentuates Hooper’s lines with an amazing effect on this impressive car. The sweeping beltline theme is also carried out in the roof line and the doors are center opening for a classically elegant look. Of course, Rolls-Royce’s tall and imposing grille was not altered by Hooper and the Spirit of Ecstasy rides proudly at the top while front fender-mounted rearview mirrors add a touch of British elegance. The interior is finished as only a Rolls-Royce could be with fine tan leather and beautifully finished woodwork that rivals even a Steinway piano. This car features center-mounted gauges that are clean and clear, and the Hooper & Co. plate found on the rear door sills announces to all that this is a bespoke built motorcar. In the rear, picnic tables of the same fine woodwork are set into the rear of the front seats while the rear seat features a center folding armrest and ashtrays with lighters. This Rolls-Royce has also been fitted with safety belts for occupant protection. All glass is clean and clear, and the greenhouse effect brightens the entire interior experience. The engine in this Silver Cloud is the tried and proven 4.9-litre inline six that is nicely sorted with correct colors and all wiring and plumbing neat and tidy. This Silver Cloud also retains its handbooks from both Hooper and Rolls-Royce and rides on wide whitewall tires with color-keyed hubcaps that give it a classically formal appearance.
The collaboration between Hooper and Rolls-Royce resulted in some of the most stunning cars ever seen as evidenced by this magnificent Empress. Excellent reliability, style beyond compare, and comfort of the highest level are the hallmarks of this 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I with coachwork by the great Hooper. For a car that will make a grand entrance, this Rolls-Royce is ready for any night on the town.
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