1977 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 6.75 V8 from North America
Just a lovely old dowager that every man should flirt with at least once in his life
Aside from some servicing, the car has been great!
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