For generations, Rolls-Royce has reigned supreme at the pinnacle of automotive and social exclusivity. And after riding in one, it's easy to see how this became the car of choice for the upper crust. Indeed, the marque is so iconic that even its hood ornament has a name (and a Wikipedia entry): The Spirit of Ecstasy.
This example, a 1966 Silver Shadow, hails from those halcyon days when Rolls-Royce was still independent, before it was nationalized in 1971 (due not to its cars, mind you, but to crippling financial losses from jet engine development).
When the Silver Shadow debuted, it was the first Rolls to be built using monocoque construction; it was also the first to feature disc brakes and independent rear suspension. The Silver Shadow also featured an innovative hydraulic system with dual-circuit braking and self-leveling suspension.
This Rolls is in excellent mechanical condition, with low mileage and good service history -- including a recent $5,000 overhaul of the hydraulic system. The 6.2 liter Rolls-Royce V8 engine just purrs, and shifts feel great thanks to a four-speed automatic transmission. Ride quality is, of course, exceptional.
The hand-crafted interior still looks, feels and smells great, clad in tasteful grey leather. Door panels, leather seats, wood dash, carpet and headliner are all in excellent condition. Miles upon miles of wood trim show no cracks or scratches, and even the fold-out trays on the backs of the front seats are like new.
The car's only flaw is the paint which, frankly, has seen better days. But the body is straight and rust free, panel gaps are good, and the doors, bonnet and boot close with satisfying precision and heft. This example is definitely nice enough on the inside and mechanically sound enough to warrant a quality repaint by its next owner. It really needs nothing aside from new paint.
Give us a call at 404-692-5250 if you are interested in learning more about this classic Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
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