The new series was characterised
by surprisingly modern features
and with their development Rolls-Royce broke new ground and
broke away from many sacred design principles.
The new models were technically
striking in three ways : a
monocoque chassis was used; all wheels were sprung independently
and four wheel disc brakes now ensured stopping power of the sort
that had come to be expected in a modern car.
Under the bonnet the V8
engine that had been introduced in the
Silver Cloud series was employed.The old four speed automatic gearbox which had been in service
since the early fifties continued to be fitted, although selecting the gears had been made easier
because actuating rods attached to the fear lever had given way to an
electrically powered control unit.
The Rolls-Royce development department
came in for a good deal
of praise for their outstanding work in the new models. Further development went on and in July 1968
the Hydramatic gearbox was replaced with a modern three speed torque gear box.
Scarcely noticeable alterations to the tyre specifications were carried out.
Originally tubeless crossply tyres had been fitted but a change to radial tyres was carried out in 1972.
The Silver Shadow was destined to
become (along with the Bentley T models) the
successful in the history of Rolls-Royce.
The company's records show 20,605 Silver Shadows to have been
delivered from 1965 to 1977.
The colours listed are the standard
paints available, The car could e finished in a single colour or a two
selected from the standard range.Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward,
or James Young,could be finished in any colour to the customers choice.
Black, Shell Grey, Tudor Grey, Black
Pearl, Astral Blue, Sand, Sable, Sage Green, Smoke green, Garnet,
Dawn Blue, Regal Red, Velvet Green, Caribbean Blue.
Deep pile carpets moulded to fit
the floor and bound with matching Hide were available in the following
colours to harmonize with the upholstery.
Beige, Blue, Grey, Green, Fawn, Maroon, Red.
A durable, washable material is used to trim the headlining.
Grey, Light Fawn, Pale Green, Mushroom