Classic Auto Imports


1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II

I bought this Silver Shadow II from the same Rolls Aficionado that I bought the Blue Silver Spirit listed elsewhere on this website. He's a lot like me: we both are somewhat retired and always on the lookout for outstanding classic cars like this one. It is a very SPECIAL CAR. But it is very reasonably priced nonetheless. It is finished in Willow Gold with Chestnut sides and has original tan interior (with the large front headrests and original leather). It is a very respectable older car needing no paintwork and only has 44,000 miles from new. It has a very good service record with a fully stamped book.

The interior is very clean with the leather in unusually very good and supple condition without any wear. Wood on the dash is nice and the door cappings in very good condition. Air conditioning and heat are fully functional. Electrics are good throughout the car, including all gauges and features and the windows and seats are operating very well, and a battery cut-off switch has been installed. Under the hood is testimony to a well looked after car with it being regularly serviced and inspected by a knowledgeable and experienced Rolls Royce service center.

The Silver Shadow II is very unique because it is a very good model with a world-wide following: it is the last version of the Shadow and has far better steering and handling than the earlier cars. The following comes from Wikipedia:


Following in the manufacturer's tradition of building luxury vehicles, the standard wheelbase Silver Shadow measured 5.17 metres, or more accurately, 17.00 feet, in length, weighed 4,700 pounds, and had a base price of 19,700 dollars in the first year of production.

The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1976, and the Silver Shadow II from 1977 to 1980.

Design and engineering

The design was a major departure from its predecessor, the Silver Cloud. This was the first single bow Rolls-Royce, in contrast to its predecessors' double bow designs. The cars exterior design was by Rolls-Royce's chief designer, John Polwhele Blatchley. Aside from a more modern appearance, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc rather than drum brakes, monocoque construction, and independent rear suspension, rather than the outdated live axle design of previous cars.

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).

The car's most innovative feature was a high-pressure hydraulic system licensed from CitroŽn, with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. At first, both the front and rear of the car were controlled by the leveling system; the front levelling was deleted in 1969 as it had been determined that the rear levelling did almost all the work. Rolls-Royce achieved a high degree of ride quality with this arrangement.

Variants — 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.

This automobile is extremely unique and in outstanding condition. If you want a classic car in such wonderful condition you cannot go wrong with this vehicle. I might even keep it myself but don't tell my wife...she thinks I need to sell the cars I buy. What kind of a woman is that? But I love her and she's been my faithful companion for over 46 years so I guess I'll have it up for sale.

Still, I'll cry when it sells as it is a beautiful car with luxury written all over it...good luck, I'll miss her.


• 44,000 Miles
• Automatic transmission
• 8-cylinder 6750cc engine

• Original beautiful factory paint
• Recent service
• Rust-free, straight body

• Right-hand drive
• Front and back seat belts
• Working air conditioning
• Like new carpeting
• Wonderful leather seating
• Period radio and cassette player

• Excellent tires
• Car sits level, no sagging
• Last of the great Shadows

• Powerful 6750cc Rolls Royce engine
• Regularly serviced