Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II LWB, Baby Phantom by James Young, RHD, 1962. Finished two-tone blue over black with blue leather interior. Complete with power steering, electric windows and picnic tables with cocktail glasses.
The successor to the traditionally crisp-edged Silver Dawn, the new post-war Silver Cloud demonstrated Rolls-Royce’s first attempt at a more streamlined, flowing body – and it was wildly successful, catching the attention of royalty and Hollywood alike. As the last true example of Rolls-Royce body-on-frame construction, the John Polwhele Blatchley design also became the perfect muse for those remaining few dedicated to their craft – the last of the old world coachbuilders, such as James Young.
James Young desingned a body for the Silver Cloud II to the SCT100 template and looks absolutely beautiful with its elegant boot line accentuated by the two tone paint scheme.
This is an unusual Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II in that it is a non-division Rolls Royce when most were made with a division. Esteemed British coachbuilder James Young produced 37 coachbuilt bodies for the Silver Cloud II with large rear pillars, providing more privacy to the rear seat passengers, and a well-balanced overall shape with contemporary rear end styling, strongly influenced by Young’s design number PV22 on the spectacular Phantom V. In fact, this design was frequently known as the ‘Baby Phantom.
Beyond the stunning exterior, the new introduced V8 engine coupled with the superb GM 4-speed transmission and such refined conveniences as feather light power steering and electric windows gave consumers the idea that you really can have it all behind the spirit of ecstasy.
In an article appearing in the London Daily Mail around the time of the debut, it was stated that the car provided remarkable feedback despite its over 18′ in length. “It does not feel like a big car at all,” one reviewer wrote. When asked about such modern comforts as power steering and the smoothness of the now standard automatic gearbox, the reviewer remarked, “I was afraid that out in the country I should miss the feel of the front wheels as I turned the steering – a point that is so important where safe driving is concerned. I need not have worried.” The reviewer knew what he was talking about, this reviewer was legendary racing driver Stirling Moss.
This particular rare and beautiful Silver Cloud II in long wheel base form has been very well maintained and superbly taken care of by the last owner. Apart from a few blemishes in the repainted paintwork and some user traces this car is in full original state.
|RHD/LHD||Right Hand Drive|
|Special Edition||Baby Phantom|
|interior & extrior|
|Exterior Colour||Two-tone Blue over Black|
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