1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Lot 301
Property of a deceased's estate,1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Saloon Chassis no. SRH7255 Engine no. 7255
Sold for £5,175 (US$ 8,698) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate
1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Saloon
Registration no. ANM 146H
Chassis no. SRH7255
Engine no. 7255


  • 'In short: these cars combine advanced engineering and safety specifications with traditional Rolls-Royce standards of craftsmanship. In the manner of their performance they are as revolutionary as the Silver Ghost was 59 years ago,' announced Rolls-Royce at the Silver Shadow's launch in 1965.
    The foregoing was no mere flight of fancy, for with the introduction of the Silver Shadow, Rolls-Royce brought its body/chassis engineering bang up to date by switching to unitary construction, while retaining all the hallmarks of a traditional hand-crafted product. The Shadow's all-round independent suspension and power-operated four-wheel disc brakes were both 'firsts' for Rolls-Royce, while the new styling appealed to the younger generation of Rolls-Royce owner-drivers more prevalent from the mid-1960s onwards. The existing 6.2-litre V8 continued in the Shadow until the need to maintain power while conforming to US emissions regulations saw it enlarged to 6,750cc in 1970. Notable prior developments had included the adoption of GM400 automatic transmission and air conditioning as standard.
    A desirable early Silver Shadow, built before the need to conform to the USA's safety laws saw the original's clean lines somewhat spoiled by large, 'impact resistant' bumpers, this example was acquired in October 2004 by the recently deceased owner, a well respected Yorkshire racehorse trainer. While in his ownership the car has spent most of the time in careful storage, seeing only occasional use visiting local race meetings. More recently the vehicle has been on a SORN declaration following the acquisition of the Silver Spirit, Lot 302.
    'SRH7255' has been exceptionally well maintained, boasting corrosion-free bodywork, a generally excellent interior and good paintwork. The car comes with a substantial quantity of invoices dating from 1991 to 2004 for maintenance work carried out mainly by D W Haynes, Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists of Rochford, Essex, amounting to many thousands of pounds. Other documentation includes 12 MoTs dating from September 1989 (at 60,070 miles) to May 2007 (at 77,159 miles). The odometer currently displays a believed-genuine total of a little over 78,000 miles. Finished in blue with black leather interior, this exceptional Silver Shadow comes with the aforementioned service invoices, original handbook and sales brochure, Swansea V5 document and MoT to May 2012.

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