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1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow MKI


1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow MKI – Origin Story

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was produced in the United Kingdom in various forms from 1965 to 1980. It would be the first Rolls-Royce to use unitary body and chassis construction, in reaction to concerns that the RR company was falling behind in automotive innovation. The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1976, and the Silver Shadow II from 1977 to 1980 respectively. The model was intially planned to be called “Silver Mist”, which would have been a natural progression from its predecessor Silver Cloud. The name was instead changed to “Silver Shadow” after they realized that “Mist” is the German word for manure, rubbish, or dirt and they managed to avoid that embarassment.

The original Shadow was 3 1?2 inches (8.9 cm) narrower and 7 inches (18 cm) shorter than the Silver Cloud, but it nevertheless managed to offer increased passenger and luggage space thanks to more efficient packaging that was made possible by the use of unitary construction. The Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc brakes, and independent rear suspension, rather than using the outdated live axle design of previous models. The Shadow featured a 172 hp (128 kW) 6.2 L V8 engine from 1965 to 1969, and upgraded to 189 hp (141 kW) 6.75 L V8 from 1970 to 1980. Both powerplants were coupled to a General Motors-sourced Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic gearbox, except on the pre-1970 RHD models, which also used the same 4-speed automatic gearbox as the Silver Cloud. The Silver Shadow’s most innovative feaure turned out to be their high-pressure hydropneumatic suspension system that was licensed from Citroën. The system offered dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. In the beginning, both the front and rear of the car were controlled by the levelling system; but the front levelling was later removed in 1969 as they had determined that the rear levelling was doing almost all the work. As a result Rolls-Royce achieved a high degree of ride quality from this arrangement.

1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow MKI (RHD)


  • Service history
  • Fully licenced in S.A.
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric windows
  • Central locking
  • Child locks
  • Electric seats
  • Front centre armrest
  • Height adjustable seat
  • Cruise control
  • Power steering
  • U.K. specification
  • U.K. supplied
  • Radio / CD player
  • Electric aerial
  • Full red leather
  • Lovely wilton red carpets
  • Good patina on bur walnut
  • Compliant suspension with 42 years of history
  • White Rim Tyres
  • Very quiet engine
  • Well reconditioned brakes and gearbox
  • This car has been kept garaged and has been used sparingly (i.e. no dampness)
  • Rare To find this type of car in this condition

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Locking
  • Child Locks
  • Cruise Control
  • Electric Aerial
  • Electric Seats
  • Electric Windows
  • Front Centre Armrest
  • Height Adjustable Seat
  • Leather Package
  • Power Steering
Layout / number of cylinders  V8
Displacement 6750 cc / 411.9 cu in
Engine Layout Front-engine
Horsepower 141.7 kw / 190.0 bhp
@ rpm 4000 rpm
Torque 393.2 nm / 290.0 ft lbs @ 2500 rpm
Compression ratio 7.3:1
Top Track Speed  170.6 kph / 106.0 mph
0 - 60 mph  11.8 s
Manual Gearbox  3-Speed Automatic
Fuel consumption
City (estimate)
Highway (estimate)
Length  5372 mm / 211.5 in
Width  1824 mm / 71.8 in
Height  1519 mm / 59.8 in
Wheelbase  3137 mm / 123.5 in
Maximum payload
Curb weight  2270 kg / 5005 lbs
Luggage compartment volume
Fuel Tank Capacity
Year: 1975
Make: Rolls Royce
Model: Silver Shadow MKI (RHD)
Body Style: 4-Door 5 Seat Saloon
Mileage: 144 000 km
Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic
Condition: Good
Location: Cape Town
Drivetrain: RWD
Engine: 6.75L V8 Rolls Royce
Exterior Color: Seychelles Metallic Over Silver Mink Metallic
Interior Color: Full Red Leather
MPG: City / Highway

Fuel Efficiency Rating

  • City: N/A
  • Highway: N/A

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle condition.

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