vehicle description1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I James Young Sedanca Coupe
Among the rarest bodies on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I chassis this elegant version of the Sedanca Coupe with a patented sliding roof panel over the drivers compartment had become virtually extinct in the post-war era, with James Young the only coachbuilder to offer it on a Rolls-Royce. Just two examples were produced, both for American clients.
Commissioned by Dr. Rudolph A. Light of Nashville, Tennessee, a prominent neuro-surgeon and pharmaceutical heir, the factory build sheets, copies of which accompany the car, note the fitment of automatic transmission and power steering and an original livery of Silver with Green interior. The original engine is still present today.
In the 1960s the car was purchased by Dr. Samuel L. Scher, a pioneering New York plastic surgeon and well renown automobile collector. Over time he would own both of the Sedanca Coupes and had both redesigned to his tastes by the British coachbuilders FLM-Panel craft. The side windows in the roof were blanked off and landau irons added, the rear window was reduced in size, and free-standing Marchal headlights were installed; the body was finished in Reuter Red, a favorite color of Dr. Scher.
In the late 1990s it was acquired by a marque specialist, with just 6,553 miles recorded. The current odometer reading is 6,702.
This example remains quite authentic with the exception of a modern Blaupunkt stereo system and boot mounted air conditioning. It is accompanied by 4 cut crystal shot glasses and a pair of flasks, housed within one of the door cubbies along with its hand tools and custom lambs wool overlays.