Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II Saloon
With a tradition of careful evolution rather than revolution, the introduction of a new Rolls-Royce model has always been an important occasion. The Silver Shadow, introduced in October 1965, marked the landmark adoption of monocoque or unit-body construction by Rolls-Royce. The Silver Shadow V-8 engine received a displacement increase to 6.75 liters in 1970 and a corresponding increase in output to an estimated 220 bhp. This robust, aluminum-alloy V-8 was teamed with an equally robust three-speed automatic transmission. The Silver Shadow also featured the innovative high-pressure hydraulic system licensed from Citroën, with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-leveling suspension, providing legendary ride quality.
While the Silver Shadow of the late 1970s appeared outwardly much the same as the introductory models, by the time 1977 arrived, the design had in fact received some 2,000 improvements. A longer-wheelbase variant was made available in the USA in 1969 and was not identified by a unique model name until 1977, when the Silver Shadow II debuted. At that time, the LWB version was named the “Silver Wraith II.”
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
220 bhp, 6,750 cc alloy V-8 engine, three-speed GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, coil springs and automatic leveling, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 123.5"
Source: RM Auctions