Lot 140 - 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Lot 140 - 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Lot 140 - 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Lot Number 140
Registration TAA 54G
Chassis Number SRH 5138
Engine Number 5138
Odometer reading 69,402 miles
Estimate £18,000 - £22,000
Result Sold - £20,160
  • Beautifully well maintained
  • Three-speed gearbox
  • Low mileage for the year

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a luxury saloon car built from 1965 to 1980. It was the first Rolls-Royce 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 Silver Shadow featured a 172bhp 6.2 litre V8 from 1965-69, and an 189bhp 6.75 litre V8 from 1970. Both engines were mated to a Turbo Hydromantic 400 transmission which came from General Motors except on pre-1969 right hand drive models which used the same four-speed automatic gearbox as the Silver Cloud, from 1969 the gearbox was replaced with the General Motors three speed unit which was used on all Rolls-Royce and Bentley models until 1992. 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.

This lovely Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was supplied by H A Fox on 1st January 1969 to Peter Brutham (Provisions) Ltd. London E3. This Silver Shadow was one of the first cars fitted with the General Motors three speed gearbox. In 2010/11 the car received a major overhaul by marque specialists Michael Hibberd Motor Engineers. Finished in Smoke Green with Beige hide interior this car has only covered 69,000 miles from new, the 1993 MoT shows the mileage at that time to be 59,440 miles so 10,000 miles in the last 29 years. This Shadow has been very well maintained being looked after by Chelsea Workshop since 2016. It is supplied with a V5 registration document, a new MoT test certificate, replacement handbook and a file containing invoices going back to 2000 and old MoT test certificates. The Silver Shadow was ahead of its time when launched in 1965 and with its improvements over the time of its construction ending with the Shadow II in 1981, good examples are now being recognised as a true classic car and the values are rising accordingly.

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.

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