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 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.
The pre-1970 Shadow 1 featured a 172bhp 6.2 Litre V8 coupled to the same 4-speed automatic gearbox as the Silver Cloud sourced from General Motors. The car’s most innovative feature was a high-pressure hydraulic system licensed from Citroen, with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. At first, both the front and rear of the car were controlled by the levelling system; the front levelling was deleted in 1969 as it had been determined that the rear levelling did almost all the work. Rolls-Royce achieved a high degree of ride quality with this arrangement.
This delightful early first series Shadow has been extremely well cared for over its life, with full service records over three stamped books, plus repairs and maintenance records dating back to the 1990’s. All carried out by marque specialists, the engine benefitted from a rebuild in the early 2000’s along with a respray. A new radiator and water pump were fitted in 2019, while the suspension and braking system was overhauled at the same time. Only up for sale due to a lack of storage and another Rolls Royce filling the garage, this is a lovely example of a timeless classic.