Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe, 1961.
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When it was launched in 1959 the Silver Cloud II was the first production Rolls-Royce to be powered by a V8 engine. The new 6230cc engine enabled the Silver Cloud to achieve a top speed of 115 mph, as well as being able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 10.8 seconds. A total of 2417 Silver Cloud IIs were produced in Coupe and Saloon versions between 1959 and 1962.