The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was produced in Great Britain from 1965 to 1980. It was the first Rolls-Royce to use a monocoque chassis, a response to concerns that the company was falling behind in automotive innovation.
The design was a major departure from its predecessor, the Silver Cloud; although several styling cues from the Silver Cloud were modified and preserved.
Aside from a more modern appearance and construction, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc rather than drum brakes, and independent rear suspension, rather than the outdated live axle design of previous cars.
The Shadow featured a 172 hp, 6.2 L V8 powerplant, coupled to a General Motors-sourced Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission.
The car’s most innovative feature was a high-pressure hydraulic system licensed from Citroën, with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. At first, both the front and rear of the car were controlled by the leveling system; the front levelling was deleted in 1969 as it had been determined that the rear levelling did almost all the work and achieved a high degree of ride quality with this arrangement.
This 1976 UK / RHD example is one of the last Shadow I models to be built. It is in exceptional, unmolested and original condition. Its a matching numbers car with original engine and gearbox.
It has been part of a collection in Southern Europe for the past 15 years and, with the clock showing 56,000 miles (believed to be genuine), is occasionally used for shows and events.
It has benefitted from a recent service and runs beautifully, further supporting the mileage.