Lot 249 - 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
|Odometer reading||78,227 miles|
|Result||Sold - £12,600|
- Original service books
- Last serviced in August 2022
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.
First registered on 1st February 1980 this Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II was sold originally by H.A.Fox Ltd in Torquay, this example was specified in its current colours of Willow Gold with Magnolia Hide. Any Rolls-Royce regardless of value, carries with it a significant cost of ownership, one that if scrimped upon is detrimental to the car, so it is refreshing to find within the history file, significant bills for servicing and maintenance. The all-important full brake rebuild was carried out in 2018 at 77,000 miles and the car was last serviced in August 2022 at 77,701 miles. Clearly this has been a very well cared for example throughout its life, the original service books are present and are well stamped, a total of 21 stamps in total can be found including four on the back page of the completed book. The history and work carried out to this Rolls-Royce amounts to an impressive care of ownership. The car is not to be confused with lesser or more poorly maintained examples; this is a delightful Silver Shadow II and still provides a wonderfully luxurious ride.