Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1976, and the Silver Shadow II from 1977 to 1980. The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is a luxury car produced in Great Britain in various forms from 1965 to 1980 in total. The design was a major departure from its predecessor, the Silver Cloud. Apart from a modern appearance, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc rather than drum brakes and independent rear suspension, rather than the outdated live axle design of previous cars. The car was in response to claims that Rolls-Royce was falling behind the times, and had lost contact with modern developments and innovation. This, it was the first Rolls-Royce to use a distinctly new chassis, and to date has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. Following in the manufacturer's custom of building luxury vehicles, the standard wheelbase Silver Shadow measured 5.17 meters in length and weighs in at 4,700 pounds. The car's most innovative feature was a high-pressure hydraulic system that was licensed from Citroen. Further, in 1977, the model was renamed the Silver Shadow II in recognition of several major changes. The most notable change was the rack and pinion steering as modifications to the front suspension improved handling markedly. Not to mention, externally, the bumpers were changed from chrome to alloy and rubber starting with the late 1976 Shadows. Also, a long wheelbase version, some 4 inches longer was available from 1969. This provided additional rear seat legroom, which was certainly appreciated although the Rolls-Royce models have never been short on size. Further, some long wheelbase models were fitted with a privacy glass divider, and thus are now highly sought-after by collectors. This would make for the truly stylish way to roam about the big cities as you frolic from restaurant to restaurant and boutique to boutique.