Lot 299 - 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
|Odometer reading||78,130 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,720|
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 3½ inches narrower and 7 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 design. 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. It also featured a 172bhp, 6.2 litre V8 from 1965-69, and a 189bhp 6.75 litre V8 from 1970 to 1980. Both engines were mated to a Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission which came from General Motors with the exception of the pre-1970 righthand drive models which used the same 4-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 delightful Silver Shadow was first registered on 1st March 1974. Finished in silver with a contrasting blue trim, she benefits from remote door locking as well as electronic ignition and with a number of invoices from a respected marquee specialist, this is clearly a car that has been much loved and cherished throughout many years of ownership. Supplied with a V5 document and a full one year's MoT test certificate, Silver Shadows are becoming more sought after and are finally becoming regarded as a sound and useable investment.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.