- Body Type: Saloon
- Vehicle Location: USA
- Ref: A72RR
- 72,000 Miles
- Year Built: 1972
- Engine Size: 6.8L
- Trans: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Ext color: Sand over Sable
- Int color: Tan Leather
In the 50th anniversary year since the introduction of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, TrueWest Imports is very pleased to be given the opportunity offer for sale this amazing example of a RHD 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
Presented in Dual tone Sand over Sable with complementing tan leather this RHD Silver Shadow has been owned and pampered by its current owner for approximately 25 years.
The Silver Shadow was designed to be less expensive to produce than its predecessors, a volume Rolls-Royce for both the nouveau riche and the old guard. Intended to succeed the increasingly dated Silver Cloud, the new car was revolutionary, and doubly so for a company so heavily invested in tradition.
It was also the first Rolls-Royce to be designed as an owner driver car instead of the normal policy of the chauffer driven concept, and this also had the effect of giving the car a much wider sales market.
Six decades of body-on-frame construction was abandoned in favour of unit construction, a clear acknowledgement that the golden age of coach building was truly dead.
This was the first Rolls-Royce designed around a V-8 engine (the Silver Cloud initially had a straight-six) and with four-wheel disc brakes, independent suspension and automatic level control.
The new car was a sensation. Everyone who was anyone had to have one–heads of state, starlets, captains of industry, rock stars. Despite the increased production levels, demand could not be met – in fact, it was possible to buy a new Shadow and immediately resell it at a handsome profit to someone who lacked the patience for Crewe’s two-year waiting list.
What this meant was that the Silver Shadow was produced in numbers not seen before, or since. More than 25,000 standard-wheelbase four-door sedans were built, in addition to nearly 5,000 long-wheelbase models. Factory-built two-door coupes and convertibles added another 6,200 units to the total.
The Silver Shadow featured a 189 hp (141 kW) 6.75 L V8 engine. The engine was coupled to a General Motors-sourced Turbo Hydramatic 400 4 speed automatic 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.
The original interior is in truly exceptional condition and is very luxurious as expected and every detailed part, fixture and fitting is made and assembled with the best craftsmanship that the world can offer.
The most important place in a Rolls-Royce is behind the driving wheel, and when one sinks into the Connolly leather seats, it hits home just how sumptuous these cars really are. Until you do, you will never really understand the total eloquence of these exquisitely fine automobiles. The veneer dashboard and colour coded leather top-roll make the first impressions.
A column shift automatic transmission was utilised in every Silver Shadow. This was considered to be a neater arrangement and also it enabled the driver to alight from the car at either side without having to climb over the gear selector to do it!
The steering wheel is of a two spoke construction which gives a clearer view of the instrumentation. The automatic transmission, with electrical solenoid operated gear selection gave exceptionally smooth gear changes throughout the range of three forward gears and reverse.
The seats are as comfortable as they look, reminiscent of a comfortable arm chair at home.
All body panels are straight, and the paint is in excellent condition with only a few chips, from road use.
This is certainly a car that has been looked after all its life and is now looking for a new home and another owner to enjoy this fine example of UK’s premier automobile marque.
Oh, and just as an aside, initially the model was planned to be called “Silver Mist”, a natural progression from its predecessor the “Silver Cloud. ” However, the name was changed to “Silver Shadow” after realizing that “Mist” is the German word for manure, rubbish, or dirt! ** “Oh dear, one would have been so embarrassed!”**
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