Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the golden Rolls from Zsa Zsa Gabor

Golden Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Long Wheel Base from Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Zsa Zsa Gabor (06-02-1917, Budapest / 18-12-2016, Los Angeles) was a Hungarian-American actress and 'social media phenomenon' (from the time the social media were still printed on newsprint). She started her career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She certainly wasn't a stupid blonde, because in 1941 she emigrated to the States. And she had a golden Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

There she was a famous B-movie actress and kind of Kim Kardashian avant la lettre. She was immensely glamorous and had a pleasant appeal for scandals. As a multiple ex-wife - she married eight times - her statement was: I am a good housekeeper. After every divorce I keep it house. ”

This show queen could therefore not keep it calm in the automobile field

For many rich, a Rolls-Royce is already a clear sign of their personality. Zsa Zsa went the extra mile. Of course, she had 'regular' Mercedessen - including a Gull Wing_ and Rollers.

Rolls-Royce was not happy with Zsa Zsa.

But whether they were happy with a customer like Zsa Zsa at Rolls-Royce at the time? She had a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. With that white $ 215.000 Rolls-Royce Corniche, she made headlines in September 1989 when she hit police officer Paul Kramer after arresting her during a routine traffic stop. 

A chase, followed by a fight and arrest, set gossip columnists and tabloids on fire with what was rather unwanted publicity for Rolls-Royce. Zsa Zsa Gabor, handcuffed over the hood of her Rolls-Royce ... It could have been in a flim.

An investigation revealed that Zsa Zsa had driven without a driver's license and was in possession of an opened bottle of liquor. She was sentenced to three days in prison, 120 hours of community service in a homeless shelter for women and fined $ 2.350, plus $ 10.000 for extraordinary court costs. That Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud is currently - including the original number plates - in the Volo (not Volvo!) Car Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073, United States.

And then there is the Golden Rolls

The Rolls-Royce "Zsa Zsa" is a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Long Wheel Base from 1961. Of the Silver Cloud II, a total of 1959 units were built between 1962 and 2418, 299 of which had an extended wheelbase.

Like every Silver Cloud II, there is an 6.2 V8 with a capacity of 185 hp under the hood of the Golden Rolls. The car was rebuilt in 1978 on behalf of Zsa Zsa Gabor, for the Auto Expo 78, by Barris Custom Industries (the creator of the batmobile) into this unique Golden Rolls-Royce "Zsa Zsa". This golden car is with its beautiful lines, the extended tailgate, with American-style spare wheel, removable cover plates above the front seats (Sedanca style), extended headlights and sills, large additional lighting ornaments in the middle pillar an exuberant feast for the eyes. 

The radiator, flying lady, headlights and door handles are 24 carat gold-plated. The windows were etched by the American glass artist Robb Rich. The car has beige fabric trim and liver-colored leather trim at the front. The burr walnut dashboard and other ornaments are in absolute top condition. In all its exuberance, it is an absolute one of a kind that has been hidden for 20 years. And for many Rolls-Royce purists, he could have remained hidden until the end of days.

We saw the car for the first time at Het Loo. And we were suitably impressed. In the meantime, we saw that the car was established here. It must have taken some getting used to for the Rolls-Royce: From the stars of Hollywood and Los Angeles to Holland's sober North.

Of course there have been more celebrities who treated their Rolls-Royces so "uninhibited". Just think of John Lennon's Phantom V in a psychedelic coat and the car with which Toni Bienneman drives them rallies. Should be possible. Yet?

Zsa Zsa said

Zsa Zsa Gabor was one of them. She had clear opinions. Here are a few:

  • I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.
  • A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.
  • I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane.
  • A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it
  • My husband said it was him or the cat. I miss him sometimes.
  • How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?
  • The women's movement hasn't changed my sex life. It wouldn't dare.
  • Remember — the only place men do because depth in their women is in the decolletage.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
They hadn't thought about that at Rolls either. Toni Biennemans rally Rolls (on display at the RR museum in Arnhem)

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  1. Well, then Rolls Royce was not happy with the publicity surrounding her behavior. if they had to worry about who is driving it, also applies to the top class of Mercedes, they would not be happy at all. So back then there was something to worry about, now we just accept that "class" is often in criminal hands.

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