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Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 1950s British classic car

What's the most elegant car ever built? There are several possible answers to that question, of course - but, most of them were made by the same firm. No prizes at all for that one, I'm afraid ... Rolls-Royce!

No offence intended to Crewe, England - but, it might not automatically be considered a centre of suave sophistication. Yet, the units which rolled out of one of its factory's gates were possessed of a pedigree, without parallel. For is there a product known to man with the peerless cachet of a Rolls-Royce? So, what, then, is the most elegant Rolls-Royce of all time? A clear contender is the 'Silver Cloud'. Released back in '55, it pretty much epitomised the marque.

There are few drawbacks commonly associated with ownership of a Rolls-Royce. Rather, it is seen as a status symbol, to which most people aspire. For 'high rollers' of a nervous disposition, however, knowing whether or not the engine is running could be a source of stress! The 'culprits' were the Rolls-Royce engineers - who were nothing, if not meticulous. Indeed, so silent were their charges - by the time they reluctantly signed them off - that it could have been a serious problem for the hard of hearing! That caveat aside, 'Rolls-Royce' and 'Silver Cloud' were by-words for automotive excellence. To say, 'They don't make 'em like that anymore', would be understatement of the most sinful sort!

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