Silver Shadow

From 1965 through 1980, the Silver Shadow was Rolls-Royce’s model of innovation. Designed by John Polwhele Blatchley, the car was the marque’s first to include unibody construction, disc brakes, and hydraulic self-leveling suspension — among other notable features.

The Silver Shadow came in both two-door and four-door versions and has a power train that includes a V-8 engine paired with, most commonly, a 3-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of the car’s configuration, however, each example exudes unmistakably stately styling.

“If form could ever express impeccable manners with the ability to ‘stay calm and carry on,’ then the Shadow comes closest," says Rolls-Royce’s head designer Taylor. “The large C-pillar, angle of the rear screen, and the gentle fall of the rear boot lid all contribute."

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Published November 30, 2017
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