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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
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• CLASSY STATUS SYMBOL • GOOD VALUE • SPECIALIST SUPPORT

WHY BUY?

For many, it is one of the best cars ever made, and the good news is that this classic is both affordable and surprisingly easy to buy and own.

DRIVING

To be honest, the real satisfaction comes from owning rather than driving. The earliest are wallowy but post 1976 cars boast rack and pinion steering and other mods.

WHAT TO PAY

These cars could be picked up very cheaply about a decade ago but now values are rising for really good ones with a proper service history. A pristine early Shadow of 1976 vintage is more than £15,000 and you can add another ten grand for a Corniche. Bentley or Rolls? It appears that the prices are much the same for the saloons but you can expect to pay a touch more for the Bentley versions due to their rarity.

GENERAL

Although half a century old, Shadows are still complex cars and not for the average DIYer as special tools are demanded. However, thanks to their workmanship, they are a pleasure to work on. Ever been in one, let alone drive one? Try out as many as possible to set a datum.

ENGINE

Block’s iron lines to contract and squeeze the pistons resulting in a knocking sound. Fitting new ones isn’t a DIY job as block has to be heated up. Don’t be alarmed to find a oil smeared engine as they are prone to leak a bit.

HYDRAULICS

This is the most complex part of a Roller. It is recommended that the system is fully overhauled every 90,000 miles and fluid every four years.

RUNNING GEAR

A heavy car, weighing in at almost 5000lbs, it takes its toll on the suspension and steering so expect replacements.


BEST MODEL? Shadow II/T2
WORST MODEL? Anything bodged
BUDGET BUY? Mid 70’s cars
OK FOR UNLEADED? Yes
SPARES SITUATION? Very good
DIY EASE? Not bad at all
CLUB SUPPORT? Especially good
APPRECIATING ASSET? Yes



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