The Silver Shadow, and its mechanically identical twin the Bentley T, were manufactured from 1965 to 1980 as a direct challenge to claims that the manufacturer was no longer responsive to modern automobile customers. The Silver Shadow line went on to become the best selling model of Rolls-Royce vehicles, spawning a line of 2-door and 4-door saloons as well as a convertible that have become classics.
To distinguish the new line of cars, Rolls-Royce’s chief engineer, John Polwhele Blatchley, fashioned the Silver Shadow to have a single bow design that reduced the width and length of the car while increasing space for passengers and their luggage. To further modernize the line, disc brakes and independent rear suspension were integrated and a 172bhp, 6.2l V8 engine was included in the original models. By 1970, the engines were uprated to a 189 hp 6.75 L V8. By far the most innovative aspect was the improved ride quality created by integrating the Citroen high-pressure hydraulic system that provided front and rear leveling abilities and put the Silver Shadow into a class above.
Despatched from the works in March 1971, this delightful early Silver Shadow is finished in the classic combination of British Racing Green with a beige leather interior, and pleasingly features the obligatory lambswool overrugs.
With just 3 owners from new, and the last owner since 1998, this Shadow is in excellent condition in all respects, and is offered with a history file, valid MoT to February 2017, and UK V5 document.
Thankfully Silver Shadows are now being recognised within the Rolls Royce fraternity as being the ground-breaking luxury saloon cars for which they were always intended. This example is one of the nicest Coys have seen, and offers excellent value for money, with very good prospects for future investment potential.