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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

 

Car of the Month - September 2009
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, 1969, #CRH7760
Two Door Saloon by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward


  Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe

Several months later than the October 1965 debut of the four door saloon the two-door variant of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was launched in 1966. This model was based on a concept which had been created by William Allen, a member of the team of chief-designer John P. Blatchley, in 1964 and thus already did exist for quite some time before first deliveries of the 4-door Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow commenced. The coachbuilt variant was made by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward and the manufacturing process with a considerable amount of manual work by skilled craftsmen was different which resulted in a much higher price – not the least reason for the production figure remaining fairly low.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe

As regards this car with chassis number #CRH7760 the company documents give off that it was from production during the 3rd quarter of 1969. Thus it is one the first from the series that were fitted with a stainless steel exhaust ex-factory. By then any Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow sported a General Motors 3-speed automatic gearbox ‘GM400’ whereas during the early stages of production right-hand drive cars had been fitted with the old 'Hydramatic' with 4 speeds. It is worth a note, too, that the power-assisted steering supplied by ‘Saginaw’ – quite often critizised as being too soft – had been substituted by a new unit.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe

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To state the production figure precisely and thus quote how many cars of this model were made is a rather delicate task. When all the company documents, i.e. all those which still were filed at the fabric, many years ago were given into the custody of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club it was found that documents on many cars from the Silver Shadow range were missing. Sometimes batches of 20 or even 25 complete sets of "Chassis Card Details" had been lost. Such gaps make it rather difficult to give a precise figure based on original documents. As regards the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two Door Saloon painstakingly careful research by Malcolm Bobbitt led to figures of 199 left-hand drive cars plus 369 right-hand drive cars of this type (Malcolm Bobbitt: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Bentley T-Series, Camargue & Corniche).

Hence it is good news to report that the T.S.D. Technical Service Documents on this model are available with no gaps. This is the case not only as regards Workshop Manuals and Spare Parts Lists which usually are of interest mainly for garages where service and repair work is done. Available are also Owner's Manuals in various languages. Beside the Owner's Manual in Spanish (which is a combined edition containing texts in German and in Italian, too) there exists a detailed supplement covering the special features of the two-door variants in Spanish, German, Italian and French. Thus owners whose native native language isn’t English have easy access to all the information that is essential in driving and maintaining these cars. Should you be interested, please, send an enquiry to mail@rrab.com.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe



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