Why a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I ?
We had always considered, that even though it was fun to own other Rolls-Royce, having first had a Silver Shadow and then a Bentley R-Type, we would hope to end-up with a Silver Cloud, and then keep it for quite a while.
When we realised our Bentley R-Type was showing signs of problems, we made the decision not to spend a great deal more on the R-Type, but instead, to find a way to exchange up to a Silver Cloud.
More details on why we bought a Silver Cloud.
As it had been fun having a nick-name for our last two cars, as soon as we had agreed the deal, Karen started to
consider what might be a suitable name for this Silver Cloud.
The obvious place to start was with its number plate '456YYC'.
With all the recent problems and expense we had had with our last club car, I though that YYC, sounded like YYME (Why Why Me, poor me) and then thought yy ME - ME OWE, so suggested the nick names of 'ME-OWE', 'Cat' and 'Pussy Cat' but the links with the number plate were too tenuous for Karen.
It was then that Ray (of The Real Car Company), told us that the original registration index was in fact 111DYC and suggested 'Dick' as the nick-name. Karen liked that, so 'Nick' is was.
Other nick-names suggested were: Me-Owe, Cat, Pussy-Cat, Fluffy, King-Dick, Dick-Wittington, Ouch.
Below is the text of a letter I received from 'Herb', the previous owner of the car while it was in the USA !
Dear Mr. Ferrier, It is so nice to learn that my car found a good home and finally someone to drive it a bit. I'm afraid most of the years I owned it the car sat in my garage. Certainly I couldn't drive it in the snow or salty New England weather and never in the rain (couldn't trust the wipers) and how could I park it in downtown Boston should I be going there that day and in the summer it tended to overheat which left about 3 days in the Fall and Spring to use it. I felt sad seeing the car slowly deteriorate as cars do when they just sit and I am very pleased that it is owned by someone using it. In answer to your questions; 1. I bought the car from Paradise Garage in London July 1985 and I suppose I was the third owner. 2. I owned the car from 1985 until June 1998. 3.I don't recall the exact odometer reading (clock) but 104,272 sounds about right. 4. The woodwork and pieces of the leather were done by Paradise Garage in London before they shipped me the car. What we call the "dashboard" cracked and I replaced it about 2 years before I sold it. The patching and poor paint are my responsibility. I had brought the car to a small local auto body shop when some rust started to appear and they poked around with it for a ridiculous amount of time and brought it back to a reasonable appearance. Fortunately they didn't charge a whole lot. As I recall the lower panels, under the doors, had started to blister and rust. There were probably bits of other "cancer" developing but I can't quite remember where. They probably also did the chassis work. The car was never in an accident. 5. I put the air conditioner in around 1989. There is a small company in Florida that specialises in after market air conditioners for Clouds. They advertise in Hemmings and other car publications. The Real Car Company must have taken the air conditioner out after I sold it to them. The unit never was particularly effective. The engine tended to over heat when it was used and it was very noisy. 6. I never did any major work on the engine or gearbox. I did find an invoice for about $1,000 worth of front end work by the very reliable Vintage Garage. Other routine mechanical work was done by the local Rolls dealer. I have found a few papers and will look for others and will forward them along with any photos I can find. When I bought the car it had the present paint colours but they probably were not the original ones. Someone mention the paint colours were Mercedes ones. It was quite kind of you to enclose the $10 but my wife says I have to return it. What do women know about high finance? It's a delight to be in touch with you and please don't hesitate to ask for elaboration on any questions. Keep probing and perhaps my memory will improve. I am 63 years old and while I still work as a humour writer mostly I seem to travel the world with my bicycle. I leave for Kashmir next week. You can find many of my books on Amazon.com and they are sold at many of the less respectable shops in England. Best regards, Herb Kavet