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A Rolls-Royce goes West

1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II formerly owned by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam for sale for just £55,000

 

Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (1908 – 1963) – the “Little Prince” – was well known for his White Mouse Racing team in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He spent much of his later life with his English wife, Elizabeth Hunter, in Cornwall and now with the sale of a 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, a buyer will get a chance to purchase a car that he once owned.

 

The former Prince Chula 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II represents great value at just £55,000
The former Prince Chula 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II represents great value at just £55,000
The interior of the car has been retrimmed in dark blue hide
The interior of the car has been retrimmed in dark blue hide
Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (1908 - 1963)
Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (1908 – 1963)

Educated at Harrow and the author of a number of books about both racing and the Chakri dynasty, Prince Chula’s 1956 autobiography The Twain Have Met: An Eastern Prince Came West is said to give “a very human account of the impact of English school life on a lonely little boy brought up in a very different world”.

 

Priced at £55,000 and for sale through Kensington dealer Graeme Hunt, the long wheel base car features a retrimmed interior in dark hide, a division, air conditioning and a Webasto sunroof.

 

Prince Chula appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs with Roy Plomley in March 1960 soon after purchasing the Rolls-Royce. We’re sure that he’d have chosen it as his luxury. He died aged just 55 three years later after a battle with cancer.

 

 

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6 comments on “A Rolls-Royce goes West”

  1. The external colour scheme is great but the condition of the seats doesn’t look wonderful. Maybe that accounts for the price reduction.

  2. Matthew It would be interesting for one of your reader experts to tell us whether Silver Clouds( or for the snobs Bentleys) will become collectable

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