Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Review from Austria

1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 6,23 V8

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6,23 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Defender


A car that never breaks down, but just fails to proceed on occasions.....


The car had not been used much before purchase, hence, the ignition had some corrosion and exactly stopped when I gave it as a present to my wife on her first ride on a rainy day out in nowhere.

Austrian salty mountain roads definitely did not very good to the car's bottom during the last 34 years. The braking system and hydraulics are a nightmare. And the well known problems with British electronics (e.g. Lukas and co...)

General Comments:

The car is a classic and is very British.

The development of the chassis took 7 years of testing ("Tibet, Burma" etc..), one does notice in style.

On occasions, the car appears to have its own life and thoughts, that makes each ride an interesting experience.

It offers a lot of space and comfort inside.

It is, in my opinion one of the most beautiful designs ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review