Silver Cloud I

The Silver Cloud I was designed by John Polwhele Blatchley and in production from 1955 to 1959.

Designed by John Polwhele Blatchley and in production from 1955 to 1959, the Silver Cloud I comprised a steel chassis, a 155-hp 6-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. But what made it a true model of merit was its finely-tuned façade. During a decade that delivered automobiles with more futuristic features, the Silver Cloud bore an antithetical aesthetic.

“In 1955, cars were typically beginning to have tail fins and becoming longer, lower and wider," says Austin. “In that world of forward-looking vehicles, Rolls-Royce comes out with one that looks like a prewar car. It wasn’t unattractive or dated, however, but regal — it stopped you in your tracks."

While a number of automobiles from that era now look rather absurd, the Silver Cloud I remains a visual calling card of success. “It has a superb sense of unrivalled status combined with charm and charisma," says Taylor. “The poise and presence of the Cloud is simply inspirational."

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Published November 30, 2017
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