Everyone wants a Rolls-Royce, but a new one could cost you up to £300,000, and that’s just not expensive enough for some potential Roller owners. Fortunately, help is at hand – a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Convertible once owned by Felix Dennis, the founder of Dennis Publishing, the company that brings you Auto Express, has just gone on the market for just under 400,000 £.
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The Silver Cloud was produced from 1955 to 1966, and during this period only 7,372 examples left the factory. However, the convertible is considerably rarer than the hardtop version and less than 550 were made.
The model here was built in 1962 and owned by Felix Dennis from 1998. During this time it underwent significant upgrades, such as an electric roof, drinks cabinet and air conditioning. It only covered 59,000 miles in its lifetime.
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To live abroad? Not only will the hood allow you to make the most of the Mediterranean sun, but this Roller is left-hand drive, perfect for the Continent or the USA. And your passengers can use the built-in drinks cabinet to refresh themselves while cruising.
It will also be effortless cruising as the 6.2 liter V8 engine is said to be in perfect condition. Rolls-Royce is always wary of disclosing engine power, but “adequate” is probably the right word to describe it. Expect quick but dignified progress.
And what about the previous owner? Felix Dennis founded Dennis Publishing in 1974 and started Auto Express (us!) in 1988. He went on to success as a poet, writing six volumes of poetry and performing his verse around the world. He also had a considerable interest in preserving Britain’s forests – founding the charity Heart of England Forest (which now owns Dennis Publishing and Auto Express) in 2003.
Felix sadly passed away in June 2014, but preserving his beloved Rolls-Royce is certainly a fitting tribute.
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