Rolls-Royce - Silver Shadow
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is a luxury car produced in Great Britain in various forms from 1965 to 1980. The car was the manufacturer's response to claims that it was falling behind the times, and had lost contact with modern developments. It was the first Rolls-Royce to use a monocoque chassis, and to date has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce.  Following in the manufacturer's tradition of building luxury vehicles, the standard wheelbase Silver Shadow measured 5.17 metres in length, weighed 4,700 pounds. The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1976, and the Silver Shadow II from 1977 to 1980. The design was a major departure from its predecessor, the Silver Cloud, and aside from a more modern appearance, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc rather than drum brakes, monocoque construction, and independent rear suspension, rather than the outdated live axle design of previous cars.
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GB (UK) England
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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1978
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II
Location
Richmond
County
North Yorkshire
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio
Germany
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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1974
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Sedan
Location
Tiefenbronn by Pforzheim
County
Karlsruhe, Germany
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Number of persons:5 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio
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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1970
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow SI
Location
Berlin
County
Germany
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Number of persons:4 Luggage: 2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Audio:radio
Italy
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Rolls Royce 1976
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Location
Castelfranco Veneto - Treviso
County
Veneto
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Number of persons:5  Chauffeur and 4 passengersLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II-click for a larger picture
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II 1979
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
Location
Sesto Fiorentino, Florence
County
Tuscany, Italy
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Number of persons:5 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto  3 speedPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio
New Zealand
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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Location
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
County
North Island, New Zealand
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Number of persons:3  passengersLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur plus 3 passengersGearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio
The Shadow featured a 172 hp (128 kW) 6.2 Ltr V8 from 1965 to 1969, and a 189 hp (141 kW) 6.75 Ltr V8 from 1970 to 1980. Both powerplants were coupled to a General Motors sourced Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission, except on pre-1970 right-hand-drive models, which used the same 4-speed automatic gearbox as the Silver Cloud (also sourced from GM). 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. Rolls-Royce achieved a high degree of ride quality with this arrangement. 

  

In 1977, the model was renamed the Silver Shadow II in recognition of several major changes, most notably rack and pinion steering; modifications to the front suspension improved handling markedly. Externally, the bumpers were changed from chrome to alloy and rubber starting with the late 1976 Shadows.  

 

A long wheelbase variant, some 4 inches longer to provide additional rear seat legroom, was available from 1969. Some long wheelbase models were fitted with a privacy glass divider and are now highly sought-after by collectors.  Initially, the long wheelbase model did not have a separate name, but in 1977, with the introduction of the Silver Shadow II, the longer car was dubbed the Silver Wraith II. The Wraith II is identified by all of alterations found on the Silver Shadow II and additionally an Everflex covered roof, a smaller rear opera-style window and different wheel covers. Some Silver Wraith IIs were also fitted with electric divisions which took up the extra four inches of leg room in the rear. Vehicles fitted with the division are now considered highly desirable.  

 

A two-door fixed-head coupe or FHC model was introduced in 1965, followed by a convertible in 1967. In 1971 these cars were given the separate identity of Corniche, and eventually went on to outlive the Shadow with production lasting until 1982 for the coupe and 1996 for the convertible.  

 

Another coupe variant on the Shadow platform was the Camargue, with bodywork designed by the Italian firm Pininfarina, and production running from 1975 to 1986. The Camargue had the distinction of being the most expensive Rolls-Royce, with a base price even higher than the Phantom VI limousine.  

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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