1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II


• Verified mileage
• Rolls Royce sophistication and comfort
• Mot exempt


In 1977, this full size luxury model from Rolls Royce was renamed the Silver Shadow II in recognition of several major changes, most notably rack and pinion steering, while modifications to the front suspension improved handling markedly over the previous model. 

A distinctive feature was a high-pressure hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension system with added dual-circuit braking, which helped deliver that famous Rolls Royce ride comfort and quality.

Externally, and in response to tightening safety standards, the bumpers were changed from chrome to
alloy and rubber to be more energy-absorbing. The Silver Shadow II models are probably the best for spirited driving but all models are for gliding along rather than tearing around corners.

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There’s very little history with this car but checking the car’s MOT history it would suggest that the current mileage is genuine, with the car seemingly spending time stored up from 2008 to 2014, with the previous owner using it for occasional wedding hire.

The current owner bought it only earlier this year and now, an imminent house purchase is causing its reluctant sale.

We are told that it has performed faultlessly during his limited time and mileage in the car, it being just used mainly for going to and from his local golf club.


The V5 shows 9 previous keepers, and the last MOT ran out in April of this year. 

There is 1 set of keys, a spare wheel and jack. The V5 states the colour as being brown, and this will require updating to the current cream colour.

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The coffee-coloured leather interior is a good contrast to the cool cream exterior and there is no mistaking that Rolls Royce dashboard and instrument panel, sheer elegance wrapped in wood.

Comfort and luxury come as standard on all Rolls Royce models and with some renovation on the well-worn and scuffed leather seats, possibly some new carpets and some renovation to the wood door cappings and dashboard, this interior could look great again.

Air Conditioning, power steering and electric windows are all featured on this car and everything is reported to be working, except for the fuel gauge which is sometimes a little slow to work, usually coming on once the engine has warmed up sufficiently.

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This car was re-sprayed in cream at some point in its history, previously being blue and originally being brown, and the cream colour certainly suits the majestic presence of this classic Rolls Royce.

There’s a good few stone chips around the front of the car but overall the bodywork isn’t too bad, though there are some badly touched up patches on the bonnet and boot. There are the usual tell-tale signs of rust, bubbling up the paint around the doors, windows and the chrome trim around the car.

The wheel arches, sills and the lower body panels have a good few signs of rust too, with areas that look to have been repaired with filler in places.

The chrome-work trim around the car does show its age with quite a bit of pitting and discolouration being evident, especially on the door handles and the door and window frames. The majestic and prominent Rolls Royce front grille is in better shape, hiding its age quite well.

There is a slight ding in both the front and rear bumper with the rubber coming adrift in places, but otherwise the bumpers are straight, and many of the door and window rubber seals are perished, including those for the boot and bonnet.

The passenger door may require some adjustment to the door hinges to ensure that perfect closing action.
The carpeted boot is clean and dry, housing spare wheel and jack. The wheels are not perfect but in okay condition with one in particular being quite scratched through kerbing and it has 4 new Continental tyres that were fitted quite recently.

Underneath the car there’s quite a lot of rust evident but further investigation will be required to establish the extent of the potential problem.

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The car is booked in for a service to change the oil, filters and to be checked over thoroughly and be put through an MOT.

The engine starts easily and willingly and provides ample silky-smooth power and acceleration through its automatic gearbox, with no known mechanical or other issues to report.The exhaust system is blowing somewhere, and this will need to be further investigated.

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Best car in the world? That’s up for debate, but there is real pleasure to be found in wafting around, luxuriating in all that fine wood and leather, and toying with the power available from that Rolls Royce 6.75 litre V8 engine.

Many owners have found that a Silver Shadow can turn out to be an investment, with more and more collectors and classic car enthusiasts keen to sample and enjoy that uniquely special Rolls Royce driving and ownership experience.

The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow has mellowed with age to become a great Crewe classic and, with some attention and work this car could be returned to its full former glory.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model Silver Shadow II
  • Colour Cream
  • Odometer 114,000 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
  • Location Gloucestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 9 bidders
  • error_1•••• £4,800 23/09/21
  • tan-sie•••• £4,500 23/09/21
  • kennedy•••• £4,000 23/09/21
  • tan-sie•••• £3,600 23/09/21
  • kennedy•••• £3,400 23/09/21
  • joris-b•••• £3,000 23/09/21
  • kennedy•••• £2,500 23/09/21
  • joris-b•••• £2,300 23/09/21
  • kennedy•••• £2,100 23/09/21
  • neznoz7•••• £1,900 22/09/21

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