1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Fantastic for $2.00 a pound!
Bought the car at auction from original owner. Hadn't been moved in 5 years.
Major electrical shorts: Brake lights, headlights, turn signals, interior lights, heat/AC controls.
Name a fluid and it was leaking it.
Needed Motor mounts. Brake Pads, Power window motor, trunk release & door rubber.
Local battery shop crossed polarity blew Original alternator and micro switches in transmission.
Working my way through the repairs most of which are due to age and not wear.
Remember the movie Christine the 1957 Plymouth sucks the life out its owner as it kills everyone who threatens it.
Not there yet and must say this is a fantastic automobile which is a pleasure to drive. However I'm constantly drawn to make it perfect instead of just enjoying it as a weekend driver.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th June, 2003
25th Oct 2006, 13:28
I know what you mean! Some years ago I owned a 1975 Silver Shadow that I purchased for a very good price in Los Angeles. It was beautiful and near perfect in terms of the LOOKS. Mechanically, that's another story. Before I sold it, 7 months later, I had invested 7-thousand dollars in repairs including: Brakes, Master Cyl., Water Pump, Transmission (Caught a break on this, it's built in the US! Not nearly as bad as I feared) and AC. Still, I loved the car and am currently looking into a 20000 series Silver Spur.
Like you my problem was the need for perfection. I thought I'd DIE when I learned from Beverly Hills Rolls Royce that my Spirit of Ecstasy was a fake! I immediately purchased a correct one! The car, even with the clunky tranny, was a great day-to-day driver and looked like a million dollars. The only items I absolutely HAD to repair were the brakes and the water pump. (It kept overheating) On my next Rolls, I'm looking into some kind of extended service contract!
13th Dec 2006, 16:56
If you want a 20000 series, I would worry more about the extended life contract if I were you.
24th Nov 2011, 01:55
I purchased a 1974 Shadow 1 for a limousine business my wife and I started several years ago. The vehicle was in good condition for its age and mileage (120,000 miles).
It was eye-catching in white with a gold Spirit of Ecstasy. Very popular with the brides.
The first genuine Rolls Royce annual service set me back an arm and a leg, and I realised then that if you want to own a Rolls Royce, you need to have a big bank balance or a kind bank manager.
Plenty of power, but although the steering was light for a heavy car; it seemed to float and wallow due to extremely soft suspension. Dropped oil, braked about as well as a freight train, and had a tendency to understeer into left hand corners; a problem I never did get solved.
We owned the Rolls for three years, and I must be honest, while it was nice to be seen in, I would far sooner drive my BMW. Maybe a new Rolls would be great, but if I had that money, I am afraid I would be looking at something more like a Ferrari.