Former Sophia Loren vintage Rolls-Royce gains new electric life

In its latest project, Lunaz has elevated a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, first built in 1960 and owned by Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren, to fully-electric power. The motor car was commissioned by The Largo hotel, Porto, Portugal.

Only the sophisticated and celebrated Silver Cloud II silhouette remains – every surface, inside and out, has been modernised and upgraded. The vehicle’s coachwork is now finished in a bespoke two-tone finish, with the upper portion in Shale over a Rich Gold lower with matching wheel centres. The interior is trimmed in Sage leather with classic burr walnut wood detailing; the carpets from Sedna, which are woven using material from reclaimed nylon fishing nets and use a backing made from recycled ocean plastics, are finished in a Quartz colour with Gray Owl edge binding.

As with every car by Lunaz the original petrol engine has been replaced with an electric powertrain and battery. Indeed, the original Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was engineered for near-silent running, a characteristic the electric powertrain only serves to elevate and enhance.

The entire Lunaz elevation process has been carried out at the company’s purpose-built production and research facility at Silverstone, UK.

The Silver Cloud II was intended primarily for chauffeur-driven use, and Lunaz has integrated modern features including heated seats, a specially engineered Android and Apple Carplay-compatible audio system, and USB/USB-C charging points.

The driver also benefits from upgraded controls barely imagined in the 1960s, including parking cameras linked to a full colour, six-inch display screen in the dashboard plus cruise control and an electronic parking brake.   

Prices for motor cars within the Lunaz Hotel Programme begin at £550,000 excluding local taxes.

Words by Mark Slack

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