Many consider the 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I to be one of the most beautiful mid-century Rollers, although coachbuilders Freestone & Webb decided they could improve on it, they took delivery of a rolling chassis in March 1958 and just 3 months later the completed Drophead Coupé rolled out of the workshop. It was a design that starkly contrasted with the more traditional, understated style of the Silver Cloud and it was set to become one of the most famous Rolls-Royces of the post-war era.
The car was first shown to the world’s press at the 1958 Earl’s Court Show, the motoring journalists in attendance dubbed it the “Honeymoon Express” due to the fact that it was an elegant two seater and had a trunk large enough for any bride’s luggage.
The stunning side profile of the Honeymoon Express has been known to mesmerise people at auto shows, the long, sweeping curve of the body is detailed with a beautful two tone paint scheme. The interior is trimmed with fire-engine red leather, a brave choice given the blue exterior but it seems to work rather well, the seats themselves look big enough to sleep in, though preferably not whilst you’re underway.
If you want this car as much as I do, but unlike me, you have the clams to make it happen, it’ll be hitting the auction block on May 11th at the RM Auction in Monaco. Click the link here for more.
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