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Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe

Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe
Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe
Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe photographed by RemarkableCars.com at the Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction conducted by RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Florida, March 13, 2010.

Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe Pictures

Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe
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Auction Result: $185,000
         

Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe

1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
RM Auctions, Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction, Amelia Island, Florida, March 13, 2010
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 197 - Not Sold at a high bid of $185,000

Est. 185 bhp, 6,230 cc aluminum V8 engine, twin SU carburetors, GM/Rolls-Royce Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel, servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123".

This very fine 1962 Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe, chassis LSVB27, incorporates thoughtful changes reflecting the personal style of its distinguished owners. While little is known of its early years, LSVB27 was acquired by marque specialist Richard Gorman's Vantage Motorworks of Miami, Florida on November 13, 1984 in original condition and with approximately 57,000 miles from new. Then, it was finished conservatively in Shell Grey, with a black convertible top, matching hides and the original air conditioner. Next, it was sold with 57,168 miles on February 4, 1985 to Mr. Edward Hand, who maintained the car for use at his California residence. Mr. Hand used it sparingly over the next ten years, and in February 1995, Vantage Motorworks sold it to Mr. Paul Risolia of Bay Harbor Island, Florida. Mr. Risolia particularly admired the frontal styling of the Bentley counterpart to this car, the S-2, but since far fewer S-2 Bentley Drophead Coupes were produced, he commissioned Vantage Motorworks to expertly alter the appearance of this Rolls-Royce with a complete Bentley front end to suit his personal preference.

Accordingly, the front fenders, inner fender aprons, grille and hood were appropriated from a donor Bentley sedan, along with Bentley hubcaps and exterior badges. Mr. Risolia also specified a Dark Blue finish for the top surfaces of the body, providing a distinctive and dramatic visual effect. After the death of Mr. Risolia, the Silver Cloud II was once again acquired by Vantage Motorworks from his estate. At that time, a Blue-Grey interior was installed by Vantage Motorworks from another Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe, which was in turn scheduled for restoration. In March 1998, the Silver Cloud was sold to its most recent owner, the late Mr. Fred Jones of Columbus, Mississippi.

With so few Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupes originally produced, ownership remains an even more exclusive proposition for marque enthusiasts today. As such, this attractive, sympathetically modified and carefully maintained Silver Cloud II is remarkable, with known history over the past 25 years and a distinctive yet elegant finish throughout.

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