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Lot 221: 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon

Les Grandes Marques a Monaco, Bonhams (20 May 2006)

Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its ageing six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. The V8 was, of course, the predominant power unit in Rolls-Royce’s most important export market - the USA - so it was only natural that the Crewe firm would study the best American designs - principally those of Chrysler and Cadillac - for inspiration. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their ’Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though the duo’s performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. Although wider and shorter than the ‘six’ it replaced, the new power unit fitted relatively easily within the engine bay, re-location of the steering box from inside to outside of the chassis frame being the most obvious alteration to the previous arrangements. Externally the new models appeared virtually unchanged, while beneath the skin Rolls-Royce’s own four-speed automatic transmission was now the only one on offer and power steering was standardised. Immensely successful both at home and abroad, the Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 remained in production until the autumn of 1962.

Always fascinated by cars that had belonged to famous celebrities, Victor fell in love with this Silver Cloud because its first owner was the English actor Peter Finch, who took delivery of it on 9th March 1962 in London. One of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch gained a reputation of equal stature for drinking and womanising over the course of a lengthy career that included 50 films. Star of such memorable movies as A Town Like Alice, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Far From The Madding Crowd and Sunday Bloody Sunday, he died in 1977 shortly before being awarded the Oscar for Network, and remains the only actor to have been so honoured posthumously.
The car has been the subject of a complete restoration, since when it has seen dry weather use only. Right-hand drive and handsomely finished in two-tone maroon/gold, it displays a total of 75,000 miles on the odometer and is presented in ‘like new’ condition. The car is sold with Portuguese registration documents, ready to be registered anywhere within the EU.

Depuis toujours fasciné par les voitures ayant appartenu à des célébrités, Victor est tombé amoureux de cette Silver Cloud parce qu'elle avait été la propriété de l'acteur anglais Peter Finch, son premier propriétaire, qui en prit livraison le 9 mars 1962 à Londres. Un des meilleurs comédiens de sa génération, Peter Finch acquit une égale réputation de buveur et de séducteur au cours d'une carrière où il tourna dans 50 films. Vedette de films mémorables comme A Town Like Alice, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Far From The Madding Crowd et Sunday Bloody Sunday, il disparut en 1977 juste avant de recevoir un oscar pour Network. Il est le seul acteur qui reçut cette distinction à titre posthume.

La voiture a fait l'objet d'une restauration totale avant d'être utilisée uniquement par temps sec. Dotée d'une direction à droite et peinte en deux tons marron et or, elle affiche au compteur 75 000 miles et se présente “comme neuve”. Elle est vendue sous immatriculation portugaise et prête à être immatriculée dans un pays quelconque de la Communauté Européenne.

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Auction Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
Bonhams, Monaco
Lot Number221
Outcome NOT SOLD
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