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Lot 064: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

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. First registered in August 1977, this particular Shadow II has only covered some 43,000 miles with 9 service stamps to date, the last about 3,000 miles ago. In the current ownership for the last five years it is said to drive very well with an MOT until January next year and taxed until the end of December. Presented in a very attractive colour scheme of silver with a beautifully preserved blue hide interior and white band tyres, it just oozes old school aristocratic charm.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number064
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7600
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1977
Condition rating
Registration numberADD 564S
Mileage-
Chassis numberSRH31688
Engine number31688
Engine capacity (cc)6750
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4