1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drop Head CoupeSOLD

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 and 21, 2011. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 4,887 CC L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Twin SU HD8 Carburetors 155 HP at 4,000 RPM 4-Speed Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: Although the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was produced in a wide variety of styles throughout its decade-long production run, few examples were as exclusive as the H.J. Mulliner Drop Head Coupe, design number 7410. With the introduction of the Silver Cloud I, H.J. Mulliner drop head coupes were modified and adapted from standard, steel saloons, and these exceptional bodies were designed from a clean sheet and individually constructed in aluminum. Featuring crisp lines, cathedral taillights and superior appointments, the 7410 ? and its Bentley counterpart, the 7409 ? embodied the height of luxury motoring during the 1950s. It is estimated that fewer than 25 of these magnificent drop head coupes were built, of which 11 were originally specified in the left-hand- drive configuration. Today, many Rolls-Royce connoisseurs regard this rare breed as one of the finest representatives of the Silver Cloud line. The history of this exceptional Rolls-Royce dates back to 1957, when a Series E Silver Cloud chassis, LSFE 451, was first prepared for export. Specified from new with a left-hand- drive arrangement, the completed chassis was delivered in November 1957 to Lillie Hall, then transported to H.J. Mulliner & Co. Ltd. Once the exquisite aluminum drop head coupe coachwork had been fashioned, it was finished in the attractive color scheme of Black Pearl paint with scarlet Connolly hides and a black convertible top. The Silver Cloud was originally registered UGU 935 and sent to Ferryfield Airport on June 21, 1958, fully outfitted with power-assisted steering, door-lock weather shields, Dunlop whitewall tires, a Continental spares kit and a radio, as well as an RAC badge and a ?Made in England? plate. Upon arrival in the US, the custom-built Rolls-Royce was delivered to the RKO Building in Rockefeller Center for Chappell & Co. Inc., the famed music publishing company. Shortly after, the Drop Head Coupe was presented to legendary musical theater composer Frederick Loewe in appreciation of his award-winning work on My Fair Lady, one of the most successful productions of the late 1950s. Interestingly, a matching 7410 Drop Head Coupe was presented to his partner, Alan Jay Lerner. As would be expected of a bespoke Rolls-Royce, this Silver Cloud was specifically tailored for its original owner and even included a set of fitted luggage monogrammed with the initials ?F.L.? After his success with Camelot, Loewe retired to Palm Springs and, by 1977, his Rolls-Royce had passed into the ownership of Joseph V. Nash who had a home on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Later that year, the 7410 Drop Head Coupe was advertised for sale in The Flying Lady where it was described as the ?ex-Loewe car, in excellent condition with 59,000 miles.? In 1979, the rare Silver Cloud was discovered and subsequently purchased by Jim Toole, an up- and-coming Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiast living in Los Angeles. After a motorcycle accident left him disabled and ended his career as a building contractor, Mr. Toole began tinkering with vintage British cars and started taking auto body and upholstery classes. Though he faced constant pain and had to take long breaks during the work, Mr. Toole produced spectacular restorations from his home workshop. His first ground-up restoration of a 1952 Silver Wraith earned him numerous awards, including a First in Class at Pebble Beach in 1979 and the coveted Guerrero Award for the best personally restored automobile at an RROC Annual Meet. In 1980, work began on his second ground- up restoration, this marvelous 7410 Drop Head Coupe. As was the case with the Silver Wraith, the goal was to create a Pebble Beach-quality show car that adhered to the original, as-delivered appearance and specifications. In light of the car?s celebrity provenance and extreme rarity, the work performed was of the highest caliber and a tremendous amount of research and care was taken throughout the restoration process. After a year of painstaking effort, the 7410 was completed and Mr. Toole immediately began winning awards including his second Guerrero Award. In October 1981, the Silver Cloud was deemed ?Motorcar of the Month? in the newsletter Le Cercle. Two years later, Mr. Toole received the H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Senior Trophy and, in 1991, he received a First Place Senior Trophy in addition to Best Personal Restoration. In total, it is believed that LSFE 451 has received over 60 first place awards at various concours and club meets. As a testament to its historical significance and accurate restoration, the 7410 was invited to take part in the Petersen Automotive Museum?s 2003 exhibit Rolls-Royce: A Century of Elegance. Throughout the years, Mr. Toole continued to compete with his prized car, except during the period of time he spent as chief judge of the Rolls-Royce Owners? Club of Southern California, feeling that his participation would be seen as a conflict of interest. Thanks to the fastidious attention it has continued to receive, this remarkable automobile remains in exceptional order inside and out. Most importantly, the Rolls-Royce was consistently driven, especially to the judging field. In an issue of The Flying Lady, Mr. Toole said, ?I know I?m not alone in believing that a good long run is the best care that I can give the old gal!? Having spent the second half of his life immersed in the hobby, Mr. Toole acquired quite a collection of cars in addition to a trove of parts and documents. By the time of his passing in 2007, he was the ?go-to? person whenever anyone had questions about a Rolls-Royce or Bentley. Mr. Toole?s reputation for quality restorations and meticulous care is evident in every aspect of this Silver Cloud. Offered with copies of the original Rolls- Royce build sheets, a brief historical file compiled by the RROC, a comprehensive collection of restoration photos and three pieces of the original, monogrammed luggage, as well as a number of Frederick Loewe?s old AAA cards, it would be an understatement to say that this car is well documented. Given its extraordinary qualities, the appearance of this car at auction represents an exciting opportunity for the devoted Rolls-Royce enthusiast who has always dreamt of owning one of the finest examples of the legendary 7410 Drop Head Coupe.

Reference Number 125352

as of 12/24/2011

Car 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drop Head Coupe
Exterior / Interior Color Black Pearl Metallic / Scarlet 
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From the Collection of Jim Toole, Originally Owned by Frederick Loewe