Lot 278 - 1974 13051 Silver Shadow I
|Odometer reading||95,060 miles|
|Result||Sold - £6,384|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a luxury saloon car built from 1965 to 1980 and was the first model to be constructed using a monocoque chassis and, to date, has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. 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 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.
As mentioned, 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 leather 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 supplied are from specialists including RR&B Motors, Lex Mead and, more recently, Ghost Motors, where a recent service costing over £1,700 took place.
This Rolls-Royce comes with a V5C, HPI (clear), old V5's, and an MoT test certificate valid until October 2013. The most recent bill is from October, 2012 showing new accumulator spheres, new rear brake hoses and new exhaust downpipe. Before that, it was Ghost Motors; new gearbox selector seal, new fuel pumps, flasher unit, rocker cover seal and gaskets, rear brake pads, and engine mounts totalling £2629. This also included a full service as gearbox oil/strainer kit/engine oil/petrol filter/oil filter/eight spark plugs/air filter and points are also detailed. Whilst this was all done 2½years ago, it was also done only 300 miles ago, so recent in those terms. The Silver Shadow Series I has a more pure shape with chrome bumpers and is 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!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.