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Lot 27

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe

Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner

SOLD $550,000

Estimate

$500,000 - $700,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

LSFE 451

Car Highlights

One of 11 Design No. 7410, Left-Hand-Drive Drophead Coupes Hand Built in Aluminum
Exceptional Provenance Including Celebrity Ownership
Meticulous Restoration by Noted Rolls-Royce Specialist
Consistently Maintained to the Highest Standard
Multiple-Award Winner

Technical Specs

4,887 CC Inline OHV 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
178 BHP
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Independent Unequal-Length Wishbones and Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Semi-Elliptical Rear Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the owner’s handbook, RAC emblem, and a binder containing extensive documentation accompany the sale of this car.

Register to Bid

Frederick Loewe, New York, New York (acquired new in 1958)Joseph V. Nash, Malibu, California (acquired from the above in 1977)James Toole, Los Angeles, California (acquired from the above in 1979)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, San Diego National Meet,1983 (H.J. Mulliner Park Ward Trophy)Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Monterey National Meet,1991 (First Place Senior Trophy)Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Monterey National Meet,1991 (Guerrero Award, Best Personal Restoration)Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles,2003 (Rolls-Royce: A Century of Elegance Exhibit)

In 1955, the long-awaited new Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was introduced. Vastly different from previous models, the Silver Cloud I was the last series to be powered with the inline six-cylinder engine, whose forebear was originally installed in the first Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in 1907.

Although the highly popular standard steel-bodied saloon was in demand, there remained a steady, albeit small, market for unique, customized coachwork. Approximately 15,414 cars were built between 1955 and 1965, and it is estimated there were less than 200 coachbuilt cars completed in that same period.

The special-order chassis were often sent to one of the few remaining coachbuilding firms. Rolls-Royce supplied a finished rolling chassis, and when complete, Rolls-Royce supervised final testing before delivery to the new owner.

Probably the most successful and prolific coachbuilding firm was H.J. Mulliner, a well-respected British company closely identified with Rolls-Royce, known best for bespoke design and exceptional quality. The firm fitted several convertible variants onto Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud chassis, but one of their most beautiful was design 7410. This rare example was built in the venerable coachbuilt method, literally handcrafted of finely formed aluminum.

This car has a fascinating history, supported by numerous documents and records. Manhattan music publishers, Chappell & Co., ordered a pair of these cars to be presented as gifts to the famous Broadway composers, Lerner and Loewe, recognizing their brilliant score for My Fair Lady. After Loewe met Lerner in New York, the two collaborated on many Broadway shows including Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, The Little Prince, Camelot, and My Fair Lady. Upon retirement in the early 1970s, “Fritz” Loewe moved to Palm Springs, California, bringing his beloved Rolls-Royce with him. He sold the car in 1977 to its second owner.

The third owner was Jim Toole, a legend among Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners. Jim was a stickler for authenticity and, coupled with his talent with tools, eye for design, and relentless work ethic, he restored his cars back to as-new condition. A man who believed in driving and enjoying his cars, Jim was quoted in The Flying Lady: “I know I’m not alone in believing that a good long run is the best care that I can give the old gal!”

Jim showed this car and others he owned and restored over the years, winning countless awards. For many years, he was a senior judge with the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, known for the meticulous care of his own cars and his no-nonsense approach when judging other cars. His reputation for quality restorations is evident in this Silver Cloud.

In recent years, the Rolls-Royce has been faithfully maintained, tuned, and detailed as it was under the care of the late Jim Toole. Offered with copies of the original Rolls-Royce build sheets; a brief historical file compiled by the RROC; and three pieces of the original, monogrammed luggage; as well as a desirable Continental Touring Kit; it would be an understatement to say that this car is well documented.

Offered here in pristine form, with documented provenance, exceptional ownership history, and exceptional condition, this rare car has it all.