Lot 212 - 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
|Odometer reading||70,846 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,368|
The Silver Shadow broke new ground for the Crewe Company in a number of key areas, from the sophisticated fully independent suspension with an advanced self-levelling system to four wheel ventilated disc brakes. The only major components carried over from the Silver Cloud III was the excellent, all aluminium, 6.2 litre V8 and four-speed automatic transmission with fluid flywheel, the latter replaced by GM’s excellent 400 three-speed box in October 1968 while the engine was enlarged to 6.75 litres the following year. Although no power output was ever divulged by the company, merely described as ‘adequate’, the Silver Shadow’s superior aerodynamics meant the car was perfectly happy cruising the motorways. No less than eight individual Connolly hides were used to trim the interior of each car and the standard of finish on the upholstery, rich Wilton carpets and burr walnut veneers was impeccable. Each Silver Shadow employed 20 electric motors, powering everything from the radio antenna to adjusting the individual front seats. Build quality on the Silver Shadow remained unsurpassed, each taking no less than 12 weeks to build from start to finish.
This Rolls-Royce was originally registered on 14th June 1979 and is finished in Champagne with beige leather trim. This car has been in storage for a number of years although periodically she has been run and moved. A new battery was fitted and she fired up almost instantly. Having been driven on private land it appears the gearbox and brakes are working fine although clearly this Silver Shadow II will require recommissioning. The bodywork shows no significant signs of rust and it is thought the paintwork will improve dramatically with a machine polish. Likewise the leather interior would benefit from some hide food and a clean. Supplied with a V5 registration document, these Rolls-Royces have become increasingly popular in recent years with good examples regularly selling for £20,000 and above.
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