1977 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 6.75 V8 from North America

Summary:

Just a lovely old dowager that every man should flirt with at least once in his life

Faults:

Aside from some servicing, the car has been great!

General Comments:

Sold my '60 Cloud II and decided to upgrade to a Shadow II (always wanted a Shad, but the Cloud came along first and was priced very right).

I got my Shadow from the proverbial little old lady, who owned it for a very long time, and had it serviced by an RR specialist, however the car had sat for a spell since she quit driving, so some remedial recommissioning work was needed when the car came to me.

I replaced all hoses throughout the braking/hydraulic system, rebuilt the rear calipers, cleaned and flushed the fluid reservoirs out, and got the brakes sorted nicely.

Gave the car a major service (oil, transmission, coolant, air filters, plugs, etc..) and have been racking up the miles basically trouble free.

There are some things left that need sorting on the car -- just little fiddly weekend jobs like freeing up seized door lock solenoids and replacing a duff window lift motor, but otherwise the car is fantastic.

I also have a Bentley Turbo R, and although I'd pin that as my favorite all time car from Crewe, it would be a hard decision if I had to choose to keep only one, as the Shadow is much simpler to work on and very DIY-able. And the agreed-upon dictum of drive, drive, drive is very applicable here. My car came to me with 112K miles on it, and runs and drives beautifully.

I did also have to renew some of the front end bushings, and I'm sure a complete rebuild would transform the car, along with some Bilstein shocks in place of the old, wallowy Boge units, but those will have to wait for another season, as the car is performing nicely for now, and is just so relaxing and enjoyable to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2012

1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 4 Door Saloon 6.7 V8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Wonderful

Faults:

Had engine re-built (very costly!!!), but to be fair the car had a full service history. The mistake is dealers make is they don't change the antifreeze every two years, and after 30 years corrosion forms on the internal waterways in the engine... BE WARNED!

General Comments:

I love the car; it's comfortable and remarkably quick for its size.

Interior is great, the leather looks remarkably good. Just had the car re-sprayed and it looks like new.

Would love a Seraph though... one day maybe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2010

1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 6.75 V8 from North America

Summary:

A driving experience without equal

Faults:

When first purchased, horn was broken. Since purchase, in addition to thorough scheduled and preventative maintenance, the transmission has failed and was rebuilt, as well as several (relatively minor) electrical faults.

General Comments:

The car is fantastic. This era of Rolls-Royce is still an exceptional bargain, given that the quality of construction is unparalleled. Interior trim, for example, still looks brand new after 30 years.

However, be prepared for the servicing costs. The cars are deceptively inexpensive to purchase, but bear in mind that servicing costs correlate to how much the car cost new, not how much it's worth now.

While I love this car, I fear it might be getting on a bit for me, as repairs seem to be becoming more and more frequent. Next up to replace it will be a 1995-1999 Silver Spur.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2008

25th Aug 2009, 02:33

I have a 77 and a 68 Shadow. A newer Spur is nice, but the Shadows are all analogue vs. anything after 1980 have a lot of computer and digital controls. This is the reason the pre 80's are holding a decent value vs. the post 80's dropping. I considered selling my Shadows and getting a Spur, but I think I'll stay where I'm at.

1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The best of british car makers

Faults:

Speedometer needed calibrating

1st week I had the car, the brake hose near the brake fluid chamber had a leak; easily replaced.

General Comments:

This car has been the most trouble free car I have ever owned. For a car that is near to 30 years of age I cannot complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th August, 2007