Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Mercury. A must have !
You’ve seen not long ago, the Bentley S made by Mercury. Here you will see its twin sister : the Silver Cloud.
You know that the real Bentley S and Rolls-Royce, share the same body. Except, of course the bonnet that had to fit the Bentley or the Rolls-Royce grille, depending on the car it was. Did Mercury two distinct casts ? No ! For sure. First, watching the front of the bonnet of each model, doesn’t make man notice a difference. It’s not straight to fit perfectly the Rolls-Royce grille. But it’s not rounded enough to fit the Bentley’s one. In fact Mercury found the right balance. Then there is an evidence showing that both Mercury models are made from the same cast. On the right front door, there is a cast mark man can see on almost every model. Three small marks at the place the metal was injected. See these marks on both Rolls-Royce and Bentley models
One thing we can notice too is that the front bumpers have the same curious engraved shape just at the base of grilles.
Mercury rationalized production costs using same parts on the two models. In fact, bodies, glazing, and all about wheels were common parts. For the bumpers trained a single part with the base, only lettering have to been changed to create another cast for this huge piece of mazak. That thing could explain why chromed version are scarce, due to the cost to plate such a big part that almost nobody took care.The only real difference between is the grille.
It’s mounted on the base, just behind the front bumper (see the base picture below showing the crack the grille takes place). As you can see in a close view, sometimes grille
isn’t accurately attached to the base. Is really the grille the only difference between the two brands ? No, the other one concerns the paint coat. While Bentleys are always two tone painted, Rolls-Royce are monochrome. Just below you can see that Rolls-Royce too have silver painted base or chromed as the pale grey copy have.
Man can see that on the catalogue (see Bentley S Mercury page) first and second on boxes.
Bentley boxes always show a black over red Bentley, and Rolls-Royce ones show a all red one. These Rolls-Royce boxes illustrations aren’t faulty as the Bentley ones are. No ! Only the brand name is wrong !!! Yes, Mercury offered the first box type, the one with the less beautiful drawing, with a big mistake. Just see the picture on the right.
Fortunately, somebody probably have noticed that, and the second type, with a much more nicer picture, finally says RollS-Royce.
As you know, after having read the Bentley page, almost all about the model car, I just can say, one thing. If you may consider buying one of these, I would advise you to buy a Bentley because of its magnificent coat. They are really worth the money you would spend, affording great pleasure for years and years.
Of course, the copies that are displayed here aren’t, I’m sure, all that you could find. I know some colours I don’t have and the future could really surprise even the hardiest collectors, making them discover unknown colours or colour combinations.
To end with this lovely (to me) model, I just would say about the same thing I said about the Bentley S. It fits very well with Dinky-Toys models, of course. Just see below how they really look the same scale. And they probably have been launched the same year.