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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Honeymoon Express - Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud DHC by Freestone & Webb, 1957

This is an interesting drawing.

It is by the coach builder Freestone and Webb Ltd and is on the chassis of 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

Rolls-Royce 1957 Silver Cloud Drawing by Freestone & Webb

It is a 2 seater drop head coupe Body No. 1827, Design No. 3423C. With fins if you did not notice.

Here it is in real life, in 1957 I think.

Rolls-Royce 1957 Silver Cloud body by Freestone and Webb Ltd.

The rear fins are not its only party piece. So is its electronically controlled roof. Quite futuristic.

Rolls-Royce 1957 Silver Cloud body by Freestone and Webb Ltd.

This car was exhibited at Earls Court in 1957 by Freestone and Webb Ltd.

Rolls-Royce 1957 Silver Cloud body by Freestone and Webb Ltd.

The car was named the Honeymoon express, due to only having 2 seats, and quite large boot space. Nice and appropriate.

Rolls-Royce 1957 Silver Cloud body by Freestone and Webb Ltd.

Here is the brochure if you were looking to order one in 1957.



Three cars were made with this body design, two Rolls-Royces and a Bentley.

Here is the first, chassis number SGE270.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe by Freestone & Webb, 1957

This was the one displayed at the motor show in 1957.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe by Freestone & Webb, 1957

The second, chassis number SED179, from 1958 which is sometimes on display that the Petersen Museum in LA here.



I'm not quite sure which had the best honeymoon.

Now to the Bentley.



The chassis number is B377EK, and I do like the colour!





Here is another picture of the car presumably before a colour change.



The is Bentley is apparently also in the USA.

Thanks to Flickr users BentleyBoy, RR-B and rroyce0615 for tracking all of them down.

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