Lot 356 - 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
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 Peacock Blue with a contrasting tan trim. The accompanying history is extensive, as the current owner for the last 35 years has used and enjoyed the car. The change of ownerships detailed simply relate to events between the vendor and his company. The invoices showing are from specialists including RR&B Motors, Lex Mead and, more recently, Ghost Motors where a recent service costing over £1,700 took place. A current 12 month MoT test certificate is also included. The Silver Shadow series I has a more pure shape, with chrome bumpers, and are often more sought after than the series II model and for that classic period accessory, this elegant example come complete with a period telephone handset!
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