1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow


• In current ownership over 40 years
• Just 3 previous owners
• Many hours spent cleaning and polishing

The Appeal

If you ask most people to close their eyes and imagine a Rolls Royce, they will picture a Silver Shadow. Introduced in 1965, the model brought the brand up to date with unitary construction, disk brakes, independent rear suspension and hydrolastic suspension licensed from Citroen to help to provide its legendary ride quality.

This example has been the apple of its owner’s eye since 1979 and is only coming to market after a year of agonising over whether he is ready to let it go. It has seen light use only over the its last 15 years in Spain but has been regularly maintained regardless and, although there are a few items to attend to in order to return it to its very best condition, in general it is wearing its years very well and should make its next owner equally proud.

The History and Paperwork

• Reluctant sale after over 40 years of ownership, within a collection of 5 other vehicles.
• Has covered just 1500 miles in last 9 years
• Purchased 1979 from a doctor with a private practice who decided to sell after his receptionist advised him that his patients in the waiting room, seeing this new luxury car become a regular fixture outside the practice, were pondering aloud to each other what a fortune he must be making from them to afford such a car!
• Inspected prior to purchase by a Rolls Royce mechanic
• Resprayed a few years ago, with owner’s initialled hand painted on driver’s door
• Coming to market due to the owner’s age and mobility
• Owner’s manual is present in original red leather folder
• Selection of old MOT certificates
• Service book shows full main dealer history up to 1979
• Invoices from various independents in the UK up to its export to Spain in 2007
• Looked after by the same mechanic in Spain for the last 15 years, though he’s better at spannering than providing paperwork
• Has passed the Spanish MOT equivalent, the ITV with only minor advisories. Current ticket expires Feb 2022. 

The Interior

• Upholstered in Beige Connolly leather with a black dash top
• Never restored and very original
• Leather regularly cleaned and fed
• Original lambswool overmats for passengers
• Bootlid latch needs attention

The cabin of a Rolls Royce is always a special place to be and so it proves here. With his advancing years, the owner has been able to drive the car less and less and so in order to maintain his connection with it, he has been spending his time cleaning and maintaining the interior. 

This means that, although completely original,  the seller reports that it remains in better condition than you might expect. Sure, there is some patina on the seats and a couple of marks, believed to be paint spots, green on the driver’s side rear door handle and white on the otherwise unmarked headlining. But the wood trim is all in great condition and all of the buttons, dials and switches work, although the aircon would benefit from being regassed. There is one minor addition to the equipment which is a rear parking sensor with a display above the mirror but it’s a very discreet installation.

Inside the cavernous boot there has unfortunately been a leak of battery acid at some point which means that the boot needs some work to bring it up to the condition of the rest of the interior. The latch on the boot is also currently inoperable, although the weight of the bootlid means that it stays in place at the low speeds at which the car is generally driven these days. The passenger compartment, however, remains a credit both to Rolls Royce and the careful stewardship that it has obviously received since.

The Exterior 

• Always kept garaged under cover
• Burgundy coachwork, resprayed about 15 years ago and owner’s initials hand painted on driver’s door
• Small scrape on the passenger side rear quarter
• Scratches to rear bumper on driver’s side but chrome otherwise mirror-like
• Some damage to paintwork due to a clumsy attempt to force the bonnet open
• Seller reports no obvious sign of corrosion

While the exterior may be showing its age a little more than the interior, the car still presents very well and the seller reports that there is no sign of the ‘frilly’ bodywork that can characterise Silver Shadows of this era. The car has had a respray about 15 years ago which is holding up well with a deep lustre to the paintwork. However, there are a few marks listed above which need to be attended to in order to ensure that it looks its very best.

There is a small 50p size paint bubble on rear boot lid, hardly visible, just bubble no cracking along with some other minor nicks and scratches on the exterior - see photos. 

The wheels are all in good condition with good tread on the tyres all round, though the limited mileage in recent years may mean that they are ageing by now. Underneath shows a little surface corrosion but living in a warm climate seems to have helped to avoid anything that would trouble the ITV testers.

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The Mechanics 

• Very original engine bay with the quilting still in place on the underside of the bonnet
• Starts, stops and steers exactly as you would hope
• Two small advisories on the ITV: a minor oil leak from the lower engine and unequal brake force
• Smooth and quiet on the road

The Silver Shadow is deservedly famed for its refinement and the seller reports that this example does not disappoint. It starts first time and drives with supreme smoothness, pulling well and slurring the gear changes to make them barely noticeable. On the move there is almost total silence with only a purr from the engine when the accelerator is pressed.


A well-cared for example of the popular Rolls Royce model that, with a few items addressed, should be in prime condition and ready to transport its new owner in style.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model Silver Shadow
  • Colour Burgundy
  • Odometer 99,167 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
  • Town Marbella
  • Location International
  • Country Spain
Bidding history
4 bids
  • logan.j•••• £10,250 20/01/22
  • JamesM7•••• £10,000 15/01/22
  • Kempsca•••• £1,200 15/01/22
  • ROB NEE•••• £1,000 13/01/22

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