Lot 269 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
|Odometer reading||51,945 miles|
|Result||Sold - £12,544|
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 the 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.
Presented in Shell Grey with Charcoal leather trim this left hand drive 1978 Silver Shadow II was repatriated from the US in 2018 and presents very well having been used by our vendor during European trips when travel allowed. Benefitting from works in our vendors tenure include new front calipers, and brake hoses coupled to new front suspension and upper inner mounts. The steering rack has been overhauled and transmission serviced before the carburettors were overhauled. A new battery has been recently fitted along with a new exhaust manifold gasket with new door seals showing a good level of maintenance. Unfortunate lack of storage has led our vendor to look to part with his Shadow but offered without reserve this is a very attractive prospect for a luxury 1970’s Rolls-Royce.
Guide Price £7,000 - £12,000
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