Circa 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II spotted south of Molalla, Oregon, on OR 213 on a recent drive. Photos by author.
The usual junkers parked beside the roads, with “For Sale” signs in the windows seldom get a second look as I go driving by. This one caused me to snap my head around as though I couldn’t quite believe what I had momentarily seen. It required a stop for photos.
A circa-1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. Obviously a right-hand-drive model, so it was imported years ago. Someone must have thought it was worth the cost and trouble.
It has been ill-used and neglected, clearly. There is no part of this car I could see, save perhaps the radiator/grille, that could be brought back without spending a lot of money on it.
It’s unlikely anyone ever will. The $12,000 price in the window seems wildly optimistic.
I have wondered what the story of some other cars has been, over the years. For this one, I’m not at all sure I want to know.
I recall years ago being appalled when, at a demolition derby, there was an event where the only cars on the field were Cadillacs. Cadillacs?
The next event that evening was for Lincolns. Several late ’50s, but even some ’60s-era slabsides with suicide doors.
All once imbued with Pride Of Ownership, the very symbols of success.
A Rolls-Royce is supposed to stand apart from an end that unfortunate.
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.”
And perhaps a rust deposit on the wet ground.