1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Saloon Registration no. KAU 595V Chassis no. SRH0039858 Engine no. to be advised
'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. Incorporating all the 'Series II' improvements, the most significant of which were power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and split-level air conditioning, the example offered here is finished Khaki over beige with gold pinstripes and green-piped Parchment leather interior, the latter featuring walnut door cappings and deep-pile green carpets with over-rugs. A total of 58,409 miles is displayed on the odometer. The engine bay is clean and serviceable, while there is some minor blistering to the paint and minor pitting to the brightwork. A full set of original tools and a fitted car cover are included in the sale. There are no documents with this Lot.
In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.