Lot 296 - 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I
|Odometer reading||19,933 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,816|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 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 advanced design.
The superb ride quality in the Silver Shadow was achieved due to the innovative high-pressure hydraulic system with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. In short, there is nothing quite like riding in a Rolls-Royce, and this example is no exception.
The levels of comfort are manifold, from the optional factory cruise control installed to the sumptuous tan leather and burr walnut dashboard. This, now very collectable, series one version is presented in Royal Blue with tan trim and matching lambswool overrugs. Whilst the accompanying history is minimal, the recent events are documented and detail some attention not only to the car's fundamental integrity but to its aesthetic appeal.
All the brake hoses have been replaced with new Rolls-Royce items and the complex exhaust system, gaskets and manifold have been refreshed and made good. These works have been carried out by marque specialists, Hanwells, and also include a light service. A current MoT is also included valid until November, 2013. These sumptuous motorcars can be expensive to run; however, and to this end, an LPG adaptation has been installed complete with cockpit control. Offered at no reserve, insurable on a classic policy and now inexpensive to run, there is no real reason not to use this on a daily basis.
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