'To most people, a Rolls-Royce is the ultimate status symbol: you can aspire to nothing higher. Until you drive or even ride in one, it is difficult to appreciate how much lies behind the name. There are quieter cars, there are quicker cars but none cossets its occupants in quite the same manner, none insulates them from the outside world quite so effectively, to the point where rush-hour traffic jams, inclement weather and the other irritations of day-to-day living no longer seem to matter. On top of all this is the immeasurable pleasure offered by sheer unadulterated luxury of the sort that stems only from the use of the very best materials by the very best craftsmen. That is what the Silver Shadow is about.' - Motor.
Introduced in 1965, the Silver Shadow represented a complete break with tradition, being the first of the Crewe factory's models to employ unitary construction of the body/chassis. All-round independent suspension and power-operated four-wheel disc brakes appeared for the first time on a Rolls-Royce, and production cars boasted a roof-line 4" lower than that of the preceding Silver Cloud II. The latter's well-tried, 6.2-litre V8 continued in the Shadow until the need to maintain power while meeting US emissions targets saw it enlarged to 6,750cc in 1970. Notable developments prior to that had included the adoption of GM400 automatic transmission and air conditioning as standard equipment.
Almost a quarter of a century after the last example left the Crewe factory, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - one of this illustrious British company's most successful models ever - remains an imposing and highly desirable motor car.
One of the very last Shadows manufactured before the introduction of the Shadow II, this example was registered to the current vendor on 17th November 1989 and has seen only occasional use over the course of the last 30 years. For most of that time the car has been dry stored in dehumidified conditions, and for the last 12 years has been on museum display. It is worth noting that, in common with the other cars and motorcycles in the owner's collection, this Rolls-Royce has benefited from regular maintenance and upgrades, as well as rectification of minor faults, carried out by his own fully qualified fitter. Freshly MoT'd, it is offered with sundry bills, SORN paperwork, and an old-style V5C Registration Certificate.