1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II
The legend that was to become Rolls Royce was founded in May 1904 when a deal was struck between Frederick Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls. Shortly after, the first Rolls Royce motor car – the Rolls-Royce 10 hp – was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in December 1904. It was agreed that Rolls Royce would initially manufacture four different models being a two cylinder 10hp model, a three cylinder 15hp model, a four cylinder 20hp model and a six cylinder 20hp model. It was immediately apparent that to manufacture their cars Rolls Royce would require a larger factory and the decision was made to establish their headquarters and manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Derby in the east midlands of England.
On the 15th March 1906 the company Rolls Royce Limited was formed and during this year Royce had been developing an improved six-cylinder model with more power than the 30hp. Initially designated the 40/50hp, this was the company’s first all-new model that was also to become known as the Silver Ghost.
Like all car manufacturers Rolls Royce was impacted by the First World War, however, post war the company made a strategic decision to manufacture a cheaper smaller car, enter the Rolls Royce 20hp. This model was a success and produced alongside the Silver Ghost and its successor the Phantom, thereby ensuring the Rolls Royce motor car company would survive and prosper.
In 1931 Rolls Royce acquired the Bentley motor car company.
Post the Second World War a significant milestone in Roll Royce history was the introduction of the Silver Dawn, which was the first model to be built with a factory built body. In 1955 Rolls Royce introduced the Silver Cloud and for the next eleven years this model was at the cornerstone of Rolls Royce production. The Cloud evolved through three major model iterations, being the Silver Cloud I, Silver Cloud II and Silver Cloud III until it was superseded by the Silver Shadow. The last of the Silver Clouds rolled off the Crewe production line in 1965 although specialist coachbuilders were still offering the Cloud III in early 1966. During this time some 7,372 cars were built.
The Silver Shadow was a very important model for Rolls Royce. By the mid 1960’s the Cloud was seen as a big car that was not as technologically advanced as some of its competitors. Introduced in 1965, the Silver Shadow was significantly narrower and shorter than the Silver Cloud but it offered more space inside the cabin for its occupants. The car featured a unitary body & chassis construction, disc brakes, independent rear suspension and a hydropneumatic suspension system licensed from Citroën. The Silver Shadow was upgraded in 1977 with the launch of the Silver Shadow II that was easily identified by its rubber bumpers. Mechanically the Silver Shadow II featured improved suspension and steering.
The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was an outstanding success and in total just over 30,000 cars were built in the fifteen years of production from 1965 to 1980.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II.
Chassis number SRH33637 is an Australian delivered, factory right hand drive example that was a special order for Mr & Mrs CW & NH Kent from Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The Kents ordered their new Rolls Royce from York Motors in Sydney on the 21st September 1977 in walnut 9510261 with beige VM3234 leather upholstery. The car was ordered as an export delivery to be collected from London in March 1978.
The Kents kept and used the car in Europe for around eighteen months before bringing it home to Australia. The first service (5,000 km) was completed in July 1978 by Hessing’s Autobedrijiven NC De Bilt in The Netherlands. Its second service (10,000 km) was also completed by Hessing’s in June 1979. The car was subsequently imported into Australia and next serviced in November 1979 by Southport Motors on the Gold Coast. The car was in Sydney by 1987 and serviced by York Motors at 78,027 km for its new owner.
The current and understood to be third owner purchased SRH33637 in August 2010 from a motor dealer in Sydney and at that time the mileage was 94,468 km. Since then the car has been used sparingly and regularly maintained by Rolls Royce specialists in Brisbane. The owner is fastidious to say the least and he has maintained his car with no expense spared as evidenced by the service records and receipts on file. The car was last serviced in July 2017 at 105,003 km. Today the odometer reads 106,368 km confirming the car has only travelled just under 12,000 km in the last seven and half years of ownership.
Today the car presents and drives beautifully. The walnut paintwork remains in excellent condition and is an absolutely fabulous original period colour for the car. All of the glass, chrome and exterior trim are in good condition. Inside the cabin everything is ‘just lovely’ on this car. The timber work is excellent, as are all of the instruments and controls. The leather is also in excellent condition and it has been professionally recoloured at some stage. Under the mats, the carpets look to be all original and show signs of wear.
This Silver Shadow starts easily and its engine settles instantly into that ‘silent’ Rolls Royce idle. The car drives effortlessly and it is very smooth on the road. Everything looks to work on the car, including the electric windows which are lightning fast and the air conditioning which blows ice cold. In fact, SRH33637 is an absolute delight to drive!
In summary, this car is very impressive and it offers an incredible amount of car for the money. As one knows there are Silver Shadows and there are Silver Shadows . . . this one is a ‘diamond in the rough”!
Accompanying the car are the books (with a fully stamped service book), a copy of the original build sheets from Rolls Royce (~ 50 pages!), service records, tool kit and jack kit.
The car is currently registered in Queensland (as 370RGZ) with an expiry date of 21st November 2018 and it has a valid Queensland Roadworthy Certificate.
– Australian delivered factory right hand drive example.
– Full book set in excellent condition.
– Full service history.
– Documented mileage of only 106,368 km from new.
– Just a beautifully presented driving car.
- Silver Shadow II
- 106368 km