|Cars - Rolls-Royce|
|Odometer reading||71,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 22nd October 2011 Car - 22/10/2011 / 1971 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I / Lot 395
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a luxury saloon car built from 1965 to 1980. It was the first Rolls-Royce to be constructed using a monocoque chassis and to date has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. The original Shadow was three and a half inches narrower and seven inches shorter than the Silver Cloud which it replaced, but managed to offer increased passenger and luggage space thanks to more efficient packaging made possible by its construction. Aside from a more modern appearance and construction, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc brakes instead of drum brakes and independent rear suspension rather than the ageing live axle design of previous cars. The Silver Shadow featured a 172bhp, 6.2 litre, V8 from 1965-69, and an 189bhp, 6.75 litre, V8 from 1970 to 1980. Both engines were mated to a Turbo Hydromantic 400 transmission which came from General Motors except on pre-1970 righthand drive models which used the same four speed automatic gearbox as the Silver Cloud, also a General Motors unit. The superb ride quality achieved in the Shadow was thanks to the innovative high-pressure hydraulic system with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. This example was believed to be originally purchased by the late Rod Hull, changing ownership some five years later. Since 1976, the Silver Shadow has been owned by the same family, although for long periods has had very little use with the mileage of 71,000 thought to be correct. Receipts are available for work carried out from October 2008 by a recognised marque specialist, although little is available prior to this date. Sadly the coachwork on this Silver Shadow will need attention, due mainly to micro blistering and, inevitably, some corrosion. However, the leather trim and interior wood have been restored and in addition to this, it is supplied with one years' MoT test certificate together with a V5 registration document. Finished in Caribbean blue with a contrasting cream interior, this is a highly accessible opportunity to acquire a very usable Rolls-Royce.