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Lot 096: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Launched in 1965, the Silver Shadow was the first 'modern' Rolls-Royce with a monocoque body, aluminium doors, boot and bonnet and no separate chassis. Other innovations included a fully hydraulic braking system, based on Citroen patents, that included four wheel discs, twin circuits and rear self-levelling suspension. Squat and purposeful on the outside but still aristocratically luxurious on the inside, it was perfectly timed to attract the nouveau gentry of the Swinging Sixties who were more likely to have made their money from business, pop or fashion than inheriting it from the ancestors.

Even today, to slip behind the wheel of a well kept Shadow is to enter a different world where every journey is an occasion and the feelgood factor is off the scale. Beautifully crafted, technically advanced and good to drive, it sold like no Rolls-Royce before or since with 37,000 examples rolling from the Crewe production line before it was replaced by the Silver Spirit in 1980.

Over 2,000 improvements were made along the way, the most important being the introduction of the 6,750cc engine and GM three-speed box in 1970, radial tyres in 1972 and the launch of the Shadow II in 1977. This had rack-and-pinion steering rather than recirculating ball, improved air conditioning, a modernised dash and rubber bumpers in place of chrome.

Dating from 1980, this Shadow II looks most attractive in a period shade of Chestnut with a tan leather interior. It has covered some 84,500 miles from new and is said to have been well maintained although the service book could not be found at the time of cataloguing. Due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, it comes with a copy of the original Rolls-Royce build sheet and various bills for routine maintenance.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number096
Estimate£7000-£9000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6200
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1980
Condition rating0
Registration numberLLX 88V
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)6745
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors