Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II features a number of changes including a larger engine (V8, 6230-cc in place of six-cylinder 4887-cc) power-assisted steering as standard, revised facia and the heating, demisting and air cooling units located under the front wings. Available in standard and long wheelbase versions and with alternative saloon, convertible and limousine coachbuilt bodies from James Young, H. J. Mulliner and Park Ward. The Rolls-Royce bodied, four-door saloon is priced at £5802.
Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine was introduced in the summer of 1959. A long wheelbase, luxuriously equipped vehicle, which is mechanically similar to the Silver Cloud and Bentley Series 'S' models is available in a number of styles including seven-seater versions from James Young and Park Ward and touring models from James Young and H. J. Mulliner.
ONE seldom has the privilege of studying at close quarters the great cars in which members of the Royal Family travel, so that it was with considerable interest that we accepted an invitation from Mr. Charles Ward, of Park Ward, Ltd., to inspect the latest addition to the Royal Mews.
It consists basically of a Park Ward 7-passenger limousine body on a standard long-wheelbase Phantom V Rolls-Royce chassis, to which is fitted the new vee-8 engine; in fact, below the waistline, the body panels are entirely standard. Above this point, however, the most obvious change is that the roof-line has been raised by 5in. throughout its length. The rear part of the roof itself-back, top, and curved quarters-is panelled in one large Perspex moulding, with which considerable trouble has been taken to avoid optical distortion. The remainder of the roof to the rear compartment is of glass, but at the rounded edges, where this section merges into the vertical body areas above the doors, Perspex is again used. When the car is not being used for ceremonial occasions, complete privacy can be obtained in the rear compartment. The main, glass roof-light is closed by means of an electrically operated sliding panel; similar, sliding panels are also fitted to the smaller, curved Perspex areas, these being operated by hand. The large Perspex moulding at the rear of the body is obscured by a specially fitted "dome" which, when in position, merges with the rest of the roof. It is made in two parts, of aluminium, and is lined first with a layer of cellular plastic material, then with pale grey West of England cloth to match the upholstery of the rear compartment. This " dome " takes slightly under a minute to fit, and a space of about 3/8in. has been allowed between Perspex and dome, so that it can be put in place when the Perspex is wet.
At one time, while the car was being designed, the possibility of using two layers of Perspex was considered, privacy in the rear compartment being obtained by filling the area between the layers with an opaque fluid. Throughout the rear compartment, plain and unpleated West of England cloth is used, the floor being carpeted with curly wool-mohair rugs, with underlays of Wilton carpet. Walnut curl veneer, cross-banded with French walnut, is used for the lower half of the central division, and for the door trim panels. The front compartment is upholstered in navy blue West of England cloth. Separate radios are fitted to the front and rear of the car, a control panel being set out in the rear central armrest; a special speaker for this set is built into the rear central part of the front seat backrest. When the set in the passenger compartment is switched on, a red light shows on the facia panel-whereupon the chauffeur operates the electrically raised aerial. Full air-conditioning is provided, enabling , the passengers to introduce cooled, heated or fresh air to the rear compartment. Heater elements are located in the forward part of the rear seats, just above the floor, with an air intake between them. Through these, warm air can be introduced into the car by means of a recirculatory system. air is supplied through three small ducts along the window-sills at either side of the rear seats; through these, cool air can be directed at the face or shoulders. Finally, fresh air can be introduced through ducts at either end of the central division, at floor level. All these air supplies are controlled by means of three knobs set into the central armrest, each knob having three positions -" Off-Half-Full." Also built into the armrest is a small locker, inside the lid of which is a vanity mirror mounted on a ball-joint. The armrest, together with all its in-built controls, can be folded away. All windows to the rear compartment, together with the glass central division, are electrically raised and lowered by means of controls on the outer armrests. When the rear doors are opened the running boards (normally obscured by the doors) are lit up, also tungsten lighting automatically illuminates the rear compartment; for ceremonial occasions, fluorescent strip lighting also is fitted. The car is finished in dark maroon below the waistline, and black above. Overall length is 19ft 8 1/4in., width 6ft 7in., and height (normally laden) 6ft 1in. Tubeless 8.90 by 15 tyres are fitted.