Lot details Registration No: CSU 958 Chassis No: SRH0039468 Mot Expiry: Oct 2013
Though shorter and narrower than the Silver Cloud III it replaced, the John Polwhele Blatchley-penned Shadow nevertheless possessed greater space for both luggage and passengers and certainly boasted far more modern looks. The combination of changes introduced in 1977 was sufficient for Rolls-Royce to dub the new model 'Shadow II'. The upgrades included: a switch from recirculating ball to rack-and-pinion steering, revised front end suspension geometry, and a change of carburettors, exhaust and cooling fans all aimed at improving fuel consumption. More visible alterations included the rubber-tipped bumpers, a deeper radiator shell and different door handles with more deeply recessed buttons. Still more evident was the bib spoiler below the front bumper and new style (spring-back) door mirror that was adjustable from inside the car.
This right-hand drive Silver Shadow II was manufactured in 1980 and features Gold bodywork matched with Cream-coloured leather upholstery. The vendor describes the bodywork as being in "very clean condition", the paintwork and automatic transmission as "good", the venerable V8 engine as "running fine" and the interior trim as "good for its age". 'CSU 958' is being sold complete with "a fully stamped service history up to 74,000 miles" (the odometer now reads 74,336), and an MOT valid until October 2013.