1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe by Mulliner Park WardSOLD
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Estimate: £11,000-14,000

Sold: £8,235

The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T series in late 1965 marked a major change in Rolls-Royce motor cars; previously the products of Crewe had employed separate chassis but here was a car using unitary construction of chassis and body. This change, brought about by perceived market demands that considered the upright styling of the Silver Cloud/S series rather dated, inevitably decreed more uniform coachwork compared to the elegant designs that had gone before - but underneath the skin the new Rolls-Royce/Bentley offered even greater engineering excellence and sophistication.

At the Silver Shadow's heart was; Rolls-Royce's familiar alloy V8 engine retaining the same 6,230cc as in the Silver Cloud III/S3 and a power output of around 220bhp. It was in the chassis, however, that important changes were made, most notably the adoption of all round independent suspension, including a sophisticated engine pump-driven self-levelling system, and disc brakes. The year after the Silver Shadow's launch a two door coupe with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward joined the line-up, followed in 1968 by a similarly styled drop-head coupé. For 1969 all models had their interiors modified, while the following year engine capacity was increased to 6,750cc.

Two years later, in 1971, the two door coupé and drop-head models were renamed Corniche, simultaneously receiving a 10% power increase over the four door Silver Shadow that increased top speed to 120mph and dropped the 0-60mph acceleration to 9.6 seconds. With a low-loss exhaust system, tuned engine, new facia and new, spun, stainless steel wheel trims, the new Corniche differed in technical specification as well as in outward appearance from the basic models.

Manufactured on the 6th May 1970 this Corniche would appear, like many cars of this type, to have led a relatively sheltered life which has resulted in it being in fine condition for its age. Supplied with an MoT test certificate valid for a year and a year's road fund licence, this car has covered 73,000 miles which is believed to be genuine judging by the MoT test certificates dating back to 1979; the mileage that year was recorded at 59,981 miles. Resplendent in a striking shade of silver mink with a black vinyl roof, the coachwork is described by the vendor as being in good order throughout, as is the dark blue leather interior. Supplied with the car are all the tools and handbooks, a V5 registration document, various bills and an age related registration. This Rolls-Royce is ready to provide the ultimate seventies motoring experience for its new owner.

Reference Number 13810

as of 10/5/2007

Car 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward