Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I parts and spares 1965 – 1980

Also called: Silver Wraith II | Production: 1965–1980 | Body style(s): 4-door saloon, 2-door saloon, 2-door cabriolet Engine(s): 6230 cc Rolls-Royce V8 (1965 - 1970), 6750 cc Rolls-Royce V8 (1970 - 1980) | Transmission(s): 4 speed automatic (1965 - 1970), 3 speed automatic (1970 - 1980) | Wheelbase: 119.5 in (3035 mm) | Related Models: Bentley T-series, Camargue, Corniche.

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
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. The John Polwhele Blatchley design was the firm's first single bow model. More than 50% of its predecessor had been sold on the domestic market where, by the standards of much of Europe and most of North America, roads were narrow and crowded. The original Shadow was 3½ inches (9cm) narrower and 7 inches (18 cm) shorter than the car it replaced, but nevertheless managed to offer increased passenger and luggage space thanks to more efficient packaging made possible by unitary ("monocoque") construction.
The Shadow featured a 172 hp (128 kW) 6.2 L V8 from 1965 to 1969, and a 189 hp (141 kW) 6.75 L 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).

Silver Shadow II
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.In 1979 a limited number of Silver Shadow II cars were made to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the company and were fitted with Red RR badges.

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