The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I is a rare beautiful Rolls-Royce and the H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon as offered by Classic Park is even rarer. Only 4 cars of this model, design 7412, were ever made. A few years ago the car was professionally repainted. This proces was meticulously documented and is included in the history of the car. Last year the interior woodwork was also refurbished.
This car is the predecessor to the Flying Spur and this is evidently visible in the design. The front is very typically a Silver Cloud I, while the back is very similar to the later Flying Spur. But this car is even rarer than both aof those cars and hasother unique features, such as the suicide doors and the higher roof. This car is the perfect mix between the sportier Bentley and the more elegant Rolls-Royce.
The car is a dream to drive and a solid investment.
Design 7401/ 7412 was the H J Mulliner alternative to the standard steel saloon Silver Cloud or Bentley S Type, destined for customers who still preferred individuality and the pleasure of a tailored, handcrafted car in the best English coachbuilding tradition. With a straight waistline and slightly prominent elegant rear wings, H J Mulliner inaugurated a new styling theme for the Silver Cloud/ S Type chassis, which was also used on the drophead coupés and on the fastbacks for the Continental chassis.
From this model coachbuilder Mulliner handcrafted only four cars, all right hand driven. The four door body is of all-metal light alloy framework with a steel floor and the paneling in aluminum. The front doors are hinged on the forward edge and the rear doors on the hind pillars for easier access to the interior, all on concealed hinges. The main door windows all drop and there are front swivel windows and hinged quarter windows for extra ventilation. Particular attention has been given to dust sealing of the whole car and special sections of rubber have been employed to the windscreen and door opening etc.
Design 7412/ 7401 has been very important because the Flying Spur design for the Continental chassis is an evolution of it. Due to the lower radiator grille and column steering position, the shape of the Flying Spur is maybe more dynamic, but Design 7412/ 7401 is more refined inside. This is certainly the case for the passengers seated on the rear seat. Unlike the backseat of a Flying Spur is the rear seat easily accessible in Design 7412 and there is, in contrast to the Flying Spur, adequate headroom. Design 7412/ 7401 is equipped with folding tables in the back of the front seat, a clothes brush and mirror nested in a recess at the side of the rear seat and cigar lighters on each side of the rear seat. Front doors are provided with spring flap doors for additional accommodation.
In total, just four Silver Cloud Design 7412; and twenty seven S Type Design 7401 have been built.
1 of only 4 Sports Saloons - Aluminium bodywork - Wooden framework - Very original
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