2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon
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The Silver Shadow, revealed at the 1965 Paris Salon, was the first ever Rolls-Royce model of monocoque construction. Aside from its elegant three-box styling, the Silver Shadow broke new ground for the Crewe Company in several key areas, from the sophisticated fully independent suspension with an advanced self-levelling system to four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. The only major components carried over from the Silver Cloud III were the excellent all-aluminium 6.2-litre V8 and four-speed automatic transmission with fluid flywheel, the latter replaced by GM’s excellent 400 three-speed box in October 1968 while the engine was enlarged to 6.7-litres the following year. Inside, the Silver Shadow combined traditional materials and Old-World craftsmanship with modern fittings like power steering and electric windows. No fewer than eight individual Connolly hides were used to trim the interior of each car and the standard of finish on the upholstery, rich Wilton carpets and burr walnut veneers was impeccable. Build quality on the Silver Shadow remained unsurpassed, each taking 12 weeks to build.