Silver Cloud II
~ literally 1-of-1 ~
totally bespoked from new by Rolls-Royce and Radford.
One of the most talked about Silver Cloud IIs in existence.
Words cannot describe this stunning 1962 Silver Cloud II. Finished in Midnight blue with Champagne (cream) interior combining Connolly leather with West of England cloth upholstery.
The most notable feature of this car, besides being a superb condition example of a Silver Cloud II - Long Wheel Base ('LWB') with factory glass division, is the very unique fitment of a rear seat dash-board containing full instrumentation; speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, altimeter, compass and clock. Along with other switches and control functions.
The car has a host of special fitments and these are listed below.
Recently acquired from an estate where the owner was an avid and life-time collector of Rolls-Royces, this Silver Cloud II is in simply superb condition and certainly the best of the collection. Its provinance is equally impressive, adding to its uniqueness. Once owned by well-known Hollywood actor - Nicholas Cage - its history is as follows:
LLCD22 was ordered by Charles F Urschel, a Texas oil tycoon. The car was sent to Harold Radford Ltd for the various fittings, with the exception of the rear instrument panel, which was done at Park Ward Coachwork Ltd in London. Mr Urschel was a prolific motoring enthusiast and often drove the car himself. He employed an equally enthusiastic chauffeur for those occasions when he needed to be driven, hence the rear instrument panel.
LLCD22, in addition to being uniquely bespoke, is an historically important car. Mr Urschel was kidnapped by “Machine Gun” Kelly in 1933. After Mr Urschel’s death in 1970, LLCD22 was acquired by his old friend, Nathan “Available” Jones, who kept it until his death, at which time noted collector Jerry Moore acquired the car. Mr Moore kept LLCD22 until he passed away, at which time Nicholas Cage bought the car. Mr Cage kept the car until his tax issues got the best of him. In 2002, noted Rolls-Royce enthusiast N Craig Bryant bought the car, which he had known since new, as he was friends with both Mr Urschel and “Available” Jones.
LLCD22 was ordered finished in Midnight Blue with Brick finelines, which were changed to beige upon delivery as per Mr Urschel’s request. The interior is upholstered in a combination of special pigskin-grained Champagne-coloured Connolly hide and Beige Bedford cord cloth.
When the car was ordered new, Charles F Urschel did NOT like the the Silver Cloud III with four headlights so Radford had to source 'remaining parts' to complete the job resulting in the use of SC 1 air intake grills, SC II fender and bonnet and SC III tailights.
Purchased by its most recent owner in 2002, she has remained in the same ownership and been the product of a healthy and loving stewardship. So original is the car, it still sports the original black on yellow number plates right down to an original '1962' license sticker.
Body and paint is excellent. She was repainted some 20 years ago, in the same original colour, at the cost back then of over $25,000. It is painted in 2 stage clear over base and looks stunning. She is finished off with beige fine-lines in the hand-painted tradition to the waist-rail and hubcap beauty rings. All bright work is in excellent condition with minimal pitting, dents or marks.
The interior is simply stunning with all its original fitments. The Connolly leather is supple and soft showing only the very modest of wear. She does show all the lovely signs of gentle use and the warm 'patina' that makes these Rolls-Royce interiors what they are (The word 'patina' is used literally here, and not as a means to explain old dry and cracked leather!). The Circassian burl walnut wood-work throughout is to die for and I highly recommend viewing of all the close-up photos in the link provided. The Wilton wool carpets are all original, as are the head-liner and lambswool mouton rugs.
Mechanically, the car is superb. She has been put through Park-Ward’s fully appointed facility and anything needing doing was attended to. This aside, the car was excellent to begin with. As testimony, we received the car after more than 3 years of her not being started. - after doing all the necessary commissioning procedures, she fired up instantly and held a steady idle like she was warmed up only moments previously. So very impressive! She is certainly very sound and the low mileage can be of no question. She idles very smooth, powers well and handles the road comfortably and straight - no front end suspension issues typically seen on Clouds. She comes to a stop, true and strong. The tyres on the car are 100% period correct Firestone 8.20-15 blackwalls with pie-crust edge, fitted only some 4 years ago and are in exact accordance with the original buildsheets.
Under the bonnet, the presentation is amazing. It has not been precision detailed but simply kept clean and tidy throughout its life. You must take the time to look at the photos of the engine bay as its presentation is like that of only a 10-year-old example. Simply stunning!
As you would expect, this Silver Cloud II comes with its original accoutrements and operating manual.
The car is of very high standard and is an undisputable 10 out of 10 driver rating and a true Preservation class show car. She is without question a valuable find and investment.
~~ This stately Silver Cloud II LWB with Division is an outstanding example of the marque in its most bespoke form. She is of RROC show standard that can also be used for special occasion or sunny weekend enjoyment. Take her to your next Rolls-Royce meet and you will not only attract considerable attention, but most certainly pick up a prize as well! ~~
International buyers always welcome!
Interesting Information about this amazing Silver Cloud II LWB with Division.
1962 ROLLS ROYCE LONG WHEEL BASE
SILVER CLOUD II SERIES
LLCD-22-DELIVERED SEPTEMBER 17,1962
CUSTOM COACHWORK BY HAROLD RADFORD LTD. LONDON, ENGLAND
Complete Dash Board in Rear Compartment with:
Speedometer, resettable trip odometer, tachometer, altimeter, compass, fuel gauge, oil level gauge, clock, division window and rear radio control.
Two writing desks (picnic tables) concealing Crystal Glassware and Sterling Silver decanters.
Umbrella & holder at base of rear seat.
Center rear armrest contains personal leather accessories; notebook, cigarette case and change wallet.
Equipped with two separate Air Conditioning systems for front and rear.
Front Compartment & interior:
AM-FM radio with eight-track stereo tape system and CB (retrofitted by original owner in 1972).
Separate controls for front and rear Air Conditioning.
Remote control for 'Rotoflare' driving light.
Cruise control (retrofitted by original owner in 1972).
Compartments in both front doors for Liquor Flasks, thermos bottles with Rolls-Royce sterling shaving kit
Interior finished in Circassian walnut with Connolly Pigskin Leather and ribbed West of England Bedford cloth inserts in the seats.
Boot mounted fold-out picnic table
Sirram picnic basket to boot with china crockery, cutlery, sandwich boxes and thermos
Extremely rare Madchal ‘Amplilux’ halogen headlamps (factory fitted from new)
Rotoflare swiveling driving light
Left rocker panel Fishing rod holder (the rod and container were retained by the original owner)
Handbook and supplements, full tool kit
Wheelbase – 127”
Overall Length – 216”
Curb weight – 4850 pounds.
See here for many more photos of different parts of the car. The photos are of super high resolution so if you right-click on any,
you can zoom in and see every little detail and defect in considerable detail.
Click HERE to see some 200+ high resolution photos
Click HERE to see some 200+ high resolution photos
A note from RRMOTORSINC:
For those Rolls-Royce enthusiasts who have followed my auctions in the past I welcome you all. For those who are new to my adverts and/or the marque, please note that as a serious collector of some 30 years, all my cars are truly described examples. I have my own private Rolls-Royce workshop (not open to the public but dedicated to my own cars and fellow RR enthusiasts) with trained Rolls-Royce craftsmen who are proficient in all aspects. As a team, we are dedicated to the preservation of the marque and as such, any car that leaves the stable is completely inspected and work-shopped to ensure mechanical and operational items are maintained appropriately. We adopt a “keep it original” mentality with pride and confidence, offering after sales technical support and assistance well beyond the sale. Because most of my cars are offered for the pleasures of driving enjoyment it is not always possible or practical to seek perfection (in the true sense of the word) but we do always uphold excellence in whatever we do. Our cars are by no means cheap priced cars but we like to think they are amongst the best. To this end, I firmly believe in the famous adage; “Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.' We hope you do to.
We at Park-Ward Motors – the things we do.
When our Rolls-Royces are commissioned for resale, they are indeed professionally and correctly “fully work-shopped”. No corners are cut. And it is all addressed in true Crewe tradition. There is way too much to list here but to give you an example of our commitment to excellence of
the various processes, this is one such example of what we do:
Doors and windows:-
Every car has its interior door panels removed. If the wood is in need of repair (as most are) it is refinished in-house by trained and talented craftsmen at Park-Ward Motors. This is a detailed process of stripping the wood of its old lacquer, repairing the veneer if there is damage, staining the top surface as per Rolls-Royce methodology and refinishing with no less than 25 coats of clear lacquer. Hand wet-sanded and polished between all of its last 15 coats. New window felt guides and wood-to-glass foam seals are fitted. All window mechanisms are checked and serviced for smooth and efficient up and down movement. This includes an electrical modification to rectify the typical “slow window syndrome”. All tracks, chains and gears are lubricated. Where central locking is fitted, these are all serviced to ensure no “solenoid sticking”, another common problem. Units are repaired and or changed as required for refurbished units. Door wiring and door-to-body wiring is checked, repaired and/or replaced as required. The splash plastic on the inside of the doors to protect the leather panels from rain splash from inside the door is replaced with correct specification black plastic as used by the factory. Cut to shape and glued in position as per original. All door hardware is checked and repaired as required including locks, handles and scuttle finishes. The door is reassembled with all items cleaned and polished. The wood refitted and the leather panels are re-Connollised before final fitment.
Take this example and apply it to the many, many different aspects of Rolls-Royce restoration, service and maintenance and you have our dedication to correct and professional vehicle pre-delivery preparation and commissioning.~~ **Please note: As a professional collector and experienced restorer, I have my own Rolls-Royce dedicated workshop with qualified craftsmen on hand; The Park-Ward Motor Museum. As a passionate collector of the marque I take great pride and pleasure in passing on any of these great cars to its next owner (“caretaker”). In so doing, once this Rolls-Royce is sold, I will put the car thru my workshop to ensure that it is mechanically sound and all major features and functions are operating as described even though the car is contractually being sold 'as-is'. Certain items such as final electrical tests and hydraulic pressure checks are usually left for this stage as these are considered 'commissioning procedures'. In this case, this will include the air conditioning system of this car. This and considerable other work will be performed after the sale and before delivery. This is all done at NO CHARGE. Who else selling a Rolls-Royce on eBay does this?! Depending on our work load, please allow approximately 14-21 business days for this procedure. For more information on the Park-Ward Motor Museum and our skills, please eBay message me and I would be happy to show you some 100 Rolls-Royces restored to varying levels over the last few years ~~
**PLEASE read auction terms and conditions below BEFORE bidding.**
~~ Important note: the $2,000 deposit is due within 24 hours. If not paid, or if no contact is received within that period, we reserve the right to offer the car to any other party.~~
This Rolls-Royce is part of a private collection. Although licensed and bonded, I am not a main-stream retail car dealer or broker; I am a professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars. I have a long standing reputation being associated with the marque which I take seriously. I take pride in my cars and have fun in collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you are expecting me to “hold” the car until you have the opportunity to inspect it. Any inspection contemplated must be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. Please note, however, we do NOT allow 3rd party inspectors because history has sadly proven, they are not worth their weight in salt. Do not waste your time nor money - come yourself and we will go over the car in detail with you. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions. Your bid can not be subject to anything. A $2000.00 deposit (non-refundable) is required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The balance of funds are required within 7 days of the close of the auction and must be provided by cashier’s check or bank wire. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to meet the cost of transfer fees. Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract, I reserve the right to keep any such deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested party or re-list the vehicle at any time. To be clear, if you change your mind for ANY reason and do not complete the transaction in the time-frame required, you will forfeit your deposit. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or shipping and at his cost.
As a collector and experienced restorer of the marque, I make every effort to bring my cars to a high standard. By comparison, my cars are generally superior to others available but they are by no means perfect. You must expect some issues. Unless specifically stated, the car is not of show standard but of nice 'driver' condition. Please understand, show cars of this model cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to achieve and sell for prices commensurate, so the sale price of this car reflects its relative condition. You are buying 'condition' accordingly. Buyers should not expect to receive concours quality or 'perfect' cars at these prices. Please also understand, the very nature of these classic Rolls-Royces is such that it is not always possible to attend to every item, or perhaps I may have inadvertently overlooked items. Further, and very importantly, these cars are classic cars also because they are old. So this means a 40 year old car is predominantly comprised of 40 year old parts. And old parts will fail. All buyers must understand and expect that things can or will wear out, break and/or stop functioning without notice. This is even more likely with hand-built English cars of early technology when compared to the typical American car of the same vintage. Please note, fitted radio/stereo systems are usually subject to upgrade by purchasers so I do not ensure operation of these. Similarly, cruise control systems fitted to these classics were of an inferior design and I do not check or warrant the operation of these. Suspension and brakes on these cars are complex. We thoroughly check them and replace things that are identified faulty. But please understand, by example; if we change a brake line because it appears aged or faulty, we do NOT at the same time replace all other hoses because they are of similar age. This is considered 'preventative maintenance'. We do not do this unless specifically requested and is not included in the purchase price. Feel free to ask for this additional service. Further, a feature or function that is working perfectly one moment, may decide to play-up the next. After all, it is some 40 years old. This is the nature of any classic car and especially a Rolls-Royce which was very 'complicated' for its era. For this reason it is necessary for the following condition:
The vehicle is being sold 'as-is/where-is' with no warranty expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. If any aspect of the description contradicts what can be seen in the photos, then the photos shall prevail as the reference point. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer’s request prior to the close of the auction. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any written or oral statements about the vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in most
PLEASE; IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS, CONTACT ME BEFORE YOU CONTEMPLATE DOING SO AS, RESPECTFULLY, THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
I am sorry if these terms seem harsh but there seem to be some very unrealistic buyers out there - fortunately, only few of these people exist but those that do can make life difficult, so it appears EVERYTHING needs to spelled out. Very simply put, this is an old car being offered for sale. It is not new and is subject to the perils of age. Further, Rolls-Royces are not without nuances, idiosyncrasies and they are renown for a host of design issues which can make them not inexpensive to maintain. This is well documented in many circles. You need to be a special and considerate type of purchaser to own a Rolls-Royce. Their down-side is part of the fun in owning them! As the old saying goes; 'we love to hate them and hate to love them!' So, please respect the terms and conditions when you bid.
~~ **IMPORTANT NOTE: As a professional collector and experienced restorer, I have my own Rolls-Royce dedicated workshop with qualified craftsmen on hand; The Park-Ward Motor Museum. As a passionate collector of the marque I take great pride and pleasure in passing on any of these great cars to its next owner (“caretaker”). In so doing, once this Rolls-Royce is sold, I will put the car thru my workshop to ensure that it is mechanically sound and all major features and functions are operating as described even though the car is contractually being sold 'as-is'. Certain items such as final electrical tests and hydraulic pressure checks are usually left for this stage as these are considered 'commissioning procedures'. In this case, this will include the air conditioning system of this car. This and considerable other work will be performed after the sale and before delivery. This is all done at NO CHARGE. We call this; 'Predelivery Commissioning'. Who else selling a Rolls-Royce on eBay does this?! Depending on our work load, please allow approximately 14-21 business days for this procedure. We will keep you posted every step of the way. For more information on the Park-Ward Motor Museum and our skills, please eBay message me and I would be happy to show you some 100 Rolls-Royces restored to varying levels over the last few years ~~