The beauty of a Rolls-Royce is less about what it can do or how it looks, than about how it can make you feel. In short, you will feel like royalty. Some more than others, however.
Take, for example, this 1960 Silver Cloud II. It belonged to a real prince, and it’s going to be auctioned off. Which means if you place the winning bid, you can ride like royalty yourself. And for less than you think.
One of the legendary automaker’s most elegant models, the Silver Cloud was the sister model to the Bentley S series. It was longer than the Silver Dawn, as wide as the Silver Wraith and clad in a body of elegance so timeless that it has put some of the last coachbuilders out of business. Who would want to change anything about this design, after all?
Certainly not Prince Chula of Thailand, that’s for sure. The half-Thai, half-Ukrainian grandson of King Chulalongkorn of Siam was educated in the UK, where he evidently developed a keen sense of Anglophilia. And like his cousin Prince Bira – who remains the only F1 driver ever to come from Thailand – he had a penchant for driving.
Chula was 52 when he bought this Rolls-Royce. And as you’d expect, he ordered it fully equipped with all the options. So, in addition to the all-new 6.2-litre V8, there was air conditioning, power steering and windows, a sunroof, an onboard champagne bar and a matching luggage set. Unfortunately, he died a few years later from cancer and his Silver Cloud found new owners.
Coys will auction it off at its sale at Chiswick House in London later this month, as she expects the car to sell for between £65,000-85,000, or around $87-114,000 at current exchange rates. That doesn’t seem like much, given his pedigree.
“We have generated tremendous interest in this car from collectors and dealers around the world,” said Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys. “It’s a great opportunity for someone to acquire a fabulous car that has a unique royal connection.”