Silver Cloud II
Although Rolls-Royce built a handful of V-8 engined cars prior to 1910 and the Phantom III used a V-12 and the phantom IV (total production 18) used a straight 8, the Silver Cloud II was the first modern model to use a V-8. This is an aluminum engine with cast iron cylinder sleeves of 6,230 cubic centimeter capacity (380.2 cubic inches). Horsepower declared as "adequate" hauls this 4,450 lb car to 60 mph in just 10.9 seconds and tops out at 113 mph according to the British "Autocar" magazine tests. The automatic transmission is the best one Rolls-Royce engineers felt they could find: A General Motors Turbo-Hydramatic. Fuel mileage is about 10-11 mpg. Rolls-Royce has always been renowned for its quiet ride which is due partly to the body having no metal to metal contact with the chassis except through the speedometer cable. 2,716 Silver Cloud II Rolls-Royce models were built from 1959 through 1962.
In 1962 the price for this car was slightly over $15,000.
The most costly American cars in 1962 were:
Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Southampton 4 door hardtop: $6,420
Cadillac Eldorado Biaritz Convertible: $6,610
Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible: $6,720
On the other end of the scale, the least expensive American cars in 1962 were:
Rambler American 2 door sedan: $1,846
Ford Falcon Standard 2 door sedan: $1,985
Chevrolet Corvair 500 2 door sedan: $1,992
You could purchase 8 ramblers for the cost of the Rolls-Royce and have a couple hundred dollars left over.
Brief Facts of Rolls Royce History