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How have the mighty fallen?

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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.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II

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.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II

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?

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II

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.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II

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.

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