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M.Bobbit: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I
(1965 - 1977)

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I, 1973
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I, 1973, #SRH15353. The styling of the Silver Shadow was from Crewe's in-house styling department led by John P. Blatchley. Duo-tone colour was an option.

The company at Crewe released to the public their most innovative model in October 1965. The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I featured unitary construction, independent rear suspension with automatic level control and disc brakes all round. Compared to previous models the absence of separate frame resulted in more room for the passengers, easier access for stowing luggage and drastically reduced height and weight. The 6.23 litre V8 engine's performance suffered to some extent from increasingly tight emission legislation in some countries which was made up for in 1969/70 with the engine's capacity increased to 6,750 cc. Perfect workmanship of all components and a comprehensively equipped interior of unashamed luxury were the hallmark of this fine motor car. From 1966 two door saloons were available and year later a convertible. Not before 1969 the series of R-R Silver Shadow I long wheelbase started.


Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 91.44 mm (4.1 x 3.6 in), engine capacity 6,230 cc (from 1969 bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), engine capacity 6,750 cc for export models; from 1970 standard on all models); aluminium alloy cylinder heads, SU-carburettors; 4-speed automatic gearbox (3-speed automatic gearbox for export models with destination USA or Canada, from 1968 standard on all models); independent suspension with coil springs front and rear, hydraulic self-levelling height control front and rear (from 1969 deleted on front suspension); disc brakes front and rear; wheelbase 3.035,3 mm (119.5 in) (from 1969 long wheelbase version 3,136.9 mm (123.5 in) optional), from 1971 wheelbase 3.041,6 mm (119 3/4 in), from 1974 wheelbase 3,048 mm or long wheelbase 3,149,6 mm (120 in or 124 in); tyre size 8.45 x 15 cross-ply (from 1972 tyre size 205VR15; from 1974 tyre size 235/70HR15

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I long wheelbase
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I long wheelbase, 1975, #LRX21368. Armoured kidnap protected Saloon (Body 141/1) buit to order for "Use in Italy" (special items fitted include even "Marchal Alarm Kit 'B'" supplied by Foreign Office.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Pick-Up Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Pick-Up.
Comments on this car's design varied  from "interesting" to "we are not amused".


No. made:

16717 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I saloon (1965-1977)
606 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I two door saloon (1965-1971)
1 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I coupé (1968)
505 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I convertible (1967-1971)
2776 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I long wheelbase (1969-1977;
prototype finished 1967)
20605 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I altogether
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