Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Saloon
Rolls-Royce, renowned for its engineering excellence, was organized from the outset to “be established to provide motor vehicles for use on land, water or in the air.” Indeed, all of the aforementioned elements have been mastered over an illustrious history. With a tradition of 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 adoption of monocoque or unit-body construction by Rolls-Royce and was closely related to the Bentley T-Series.
The Silver Shadow V8 engine received a displacement increase to 6.75 litres in 1970 and a corresponding increase in output to an estimated 220 hp. This robust, aluminium-alloy V8 was teamed with an equally robust Hydra-Matic 400 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-levelling suspension, providing legendary ride quality.
While the Silver Shadow of the late 1970s appeared much the same as the introductory models, by the time the 1977 models arrived, the Silver Shadow had in fact received some 2,000 improvements. This 1977 Silver Shadow, one of the very last Shadow Is before the introduction of the Shadow II, was purchased new in Frankfurt by the owner of a very successful travel luggage manufacturing company. The next owner was a photographer who regularly used the car for wedding duty and fitted a discrete front spoiler to the car. In Mr. Zach’s ownership, this car was featured in the German magazine Auto Bild. Offered in lovely original condition, with its original Shadow II interior in superb black leather and white exterior finish with some restored brightwork, it remains a superb example of a revered marque.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
6,750 cc overhead valve V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 3,035 mm (119.5").
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood