1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Shooting BrakeSOLD

Commissioned by the 9th Earl of Carrick

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Registration No: VPG676S Engine No: 33570 CC: 6750 Colour: Seychelles Blue Trim Colour: Dark Blue MOT: Oct 2010

Reference Number 52029

as of 9/25/2009

Overview
Car 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Shooting Brake
VIN SRH33570 
Mileage 102,680 miles 
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Known History

Inspired, at least partially, by a new generation of more driver-orientated luxury cars as typified by the BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-class, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II was announced in February 1977. While these young pretenders could not be viewed as direct competition (if only on cost grounds), they illustrated the increasing importance that the buying public was placing on chassis dynamics. Thus, while the new model used the same four-door monocoque bodyshell, mellifluous 6750cc V8 engine and smooth-shifting GM400 series automatic gearbox as the outgoing Shadow, first seen in 1965, it gained revised front suspension geometry and power-assisted rack and pinion steering, while retaining the legendary self-levelling suspension that gives all Shadows such a fluid ride. Undeniably better to drive, the Shadow II further benefited from the adoption of a more ergonomic fascia and split-level air conditioning, and is outwardly distinguished by a prominent front air dam, larger one-piece bumpers. Still trimmed with the finest quality leather hides, wood veneers, chrome fixtures and carpets available, it treated occupants to a uniquely cosseting experience.

 

Finished in Seychelles Blue with a black Everflex roof and dark blue leather upholstery, this particular example is no ordinary Silver Shadow II. Reportedly one of four cars that were specially converted into shooting brakes when new, `VPG 676S' is further understood to have been formerly owned by the 9th Earl of Carrick. Great fun and a wonderful piece of automotive one-upmanship, the Rolls-Royce is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim and paintwork (while, he rates the bodywork as "very good"). An estate car with a difference and one that would make any Labrador proud, this unusual Silver Shadow II is accompanied by "some service history" and MOT certificate valid until October 2010.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Since the printed catalogue went to press we have been contacted by The Chelsea Workshop, renowned Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, to say that they converted this Lot into a shooting brake at the request of the 9th Earl of Carrick when it was approximately ten years old.