Lot 245 - 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I
|Odometer reading||108,463 miles|
|Result||Sold - £11,886|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a luxury saloon car built from 1965 through to 1980 and was the first Rolls-Royce to be constructed using a monocoque chassis and, to date, has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. The original Shadow was three and a half inches narrower and seven inches shorter than its predecessor, the Silver Cloud, but managed to offer increased passenger and luggage space thanks to more efficient packaging. Aside from a more modern appearance and construction, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc brakes replacing drum brakes and independent rear suspension rather than the ageing live axle design of previous models. It featured a 189bhp 6.75 litre V8 engine from 1970 onwards, mated to a Turbo Hydromantic 400 transmission supplied by General Motors. 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.
Originally supplied to W.J. Bowen & Sons Ltd. by H.A. Fox on 12th March 1976 at a cost of £18,235.22 this Silver Shadow I has been well cared for throughout its 46 years on the road. The Regency Bronze coachwork is the original colour and the invoice from H.A. Fox confirms the interior colour to be Beige leather. The optional extras at the time were, fire extinguisher, badge bar, a black Everflex roof and motifs to each door. The car was subsequently sold to Dr. T.C. Mayer on 1st September 1982, he kept the car for many years, with it bearing his registration number of TCM 1. When Dr. Mayer decided to stop driving the car, it changed hands to its third registered keeper in 2018. The original book pack and handbooks are with the car, along with spare keys. A good collection of invoices accompanies the history folder along with previous MoT test certificates going back to 1982. The car was cared for by Silver Lady for many years. These iconic Rolls-Royce’s are delightful to look at and even better to drive. This example, still in its original colour combination, is offered for sale at no reserve, insurable on a classic policy and now inexpensive to run, there is no real reason not to use this on a daily basis.
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