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Steed's Rolls Royce
John Steed drove vintage Rolls Royces during series six of The Avengers, but he already owned a Rolls Royce in series one and series two of The Avengers.
Unlike his cars in series 6, this one is not a vintage model, but one from the 50ths or 60ths, I'm not sure which one exactly.
The question is which Rolls Royce model would have been Steed’s car in series one and two of The Avengers? From 1955 - 1966 Rolls Royce produced the Silver Cloud, Steed could have owned a Silver Cloud I or a Silver Cloud II.
News after the screening of Tunnel of Fear in Birmingham, November 2016:
The Rolls Royce was in a small scene of series one episode Tunnel of Fear, it could be spotted outside Dr. Keels surgery (a building at Markham square, SW3), where Steed parked the car. When Steed runs after his dog Puppy, Harry Black drives away with Steed's car.
The Rolls Royce had a light colour, unfortunalely I was so surprised of it's appearance in the episode, that I missed to look at the licence plate.
It looked like a Silver Cloud II, Standard Steel Saloon, but I'm not 100% sure.
video to a Cloud II from1959:
The car was mentioned on other occasions.
In Mr Teddy Bear a squad went over Steed's car searching for booby-traps set by Mr Teddy Bear, but Steed is convinced that Bear is a gentleman, who would ”never lay a finger on a Rolls”.
That’s the last “appearance” of the Rolls Royce in series 2.
Further notes that Steed has the Rolls Royce owned earlier, can be found in the scripts of "The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes", such as in series 1 episode Please Don't Feed the Animals (108) where Steed and Dr Keel are talking about the car.
"Outside the strip club, Steed is waiting at the wheel of a car - not his usual Rolls Royce, but something downmarket…” as the Rolls is - as Steeds says later ”too showy for this lark”.
The car is also mentioned in Ashes of Roses, where the Rolls Royce is parked outside Steed's flat and when he drives to Colliers Park Gardens with Carol Wilson (92, 95) and in Double Danger where Steed pulls up in a Rolls Royce (189) and in episode Kill the King (234): "Got the Rolls here?" The car is in Hunt the Man Down too: "Not the usual Rolls Royce" (108) and it got damaged in Diamond Cut Diamond where Steed’s car radiator has been bent askew, one of the front wings is dented (no car marque). And it's mentioned in Toy Trap again (203), where Steed lent his car to one of his girlfriends.
June 22, 2014: Richard McGinlay, one of the writers of The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes and the website The Avengers Declassified, wrote a mail and told me that the information about John Steed's first Rolls Royce in the episodes Ashes of Roses and Please Don't Feed the Animals are an educated guess of the authors Richard McGinlay, Alan and Alys Hayes of The Avengers book The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes (Hidden Tiger, 2013), but are not specified in the scripts.
However the appearance of a Rolls Royce is a likely one, although later scripts of Double Danger, Toy Trap, Kill the King do specify a Rolls Royce too.
Richard McGinlay pointed out that the car and Steed's flat are also mentioned in Leonard White's Series 1 guidelines, a reminder for the writers of the series. White wrote that Steed's flat was an indication of his 'special' tastes and that John Steed's car was indeed a Rolls Royce.
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