Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 2 1977 to 1980
Upgraded version of the first modern, unitary-body Rolls. Built from 1977 to 1980. The original standard tyre was a HR70HR15 until 1979, replaced with a 235/70HR15 which can be used on all models.
When they arrived in 1965, the Silver Shadow and T-series were the first cars from Rolls-Royce and Bentley respectively, to feature monocoque construction, marking a turning point for the Crewe-based companies. These first cars were fitted with a 6230cc V8 and came in four-door saloon form only.
By 1966 there was a Mulliner Park Ward two-door option, which was sold as the Corniche from 1971; a two-door convertible had been launched in 1967. In 1969 the Silver Shadow's interior was facelifted so that it could meet US crash regulations, then a year later Rolls-Royce's classic 6750cc V8 replaced the previous 6230cc unit and a long-wheelbase Silver Shadow joined the range.
The Silver Shadow got a wider track, a longer wheelbase and flared wheelarches from 1974, then in 1977 the Silver Shadow II arrived and the long-wheelbase saloon was marketed as the Silver Wraith II. By 1980 it was all over, with the Silver Spirit replacing the Silver Shadow, although the new car used the same platform and running gear.