1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I
Tidy pre-'70 Shadow I with 4-speed Hydramatic auto 'box; olive leather with rear picnic tables; showing just 70,000 miles
Dating from June 1968 this Shadow is the MkI and also a pre’70 version and thus comes with the 6.2 litre V8 mated to four-speed Hydramatic automatic ‘box. Finished in pale yellow with unusual olive green interior the car certainly stands out. The interior is a lovely place to be, with rear picnic tables, acres of leather and walnut with early period electric seats and radio unit. The car started and ran well as we moved it round for these pictures. The car’s early history is unknown, however the history file is vast with a brace of service books bristling with 15 stamps between them, the earlier showing it resided in Bournemouth with the first stamp in 1977 by Arnetts of Bournemouth with a further eight by them and the rest by a selection of independent specialists. The last stamp was in July 1988 at 32,000 miles. However, this would be 132,000 as the mileage in the late 70s and early 80s rose vigorously up to 95,000 in October 1981 being service sometimes 3 times per annum. The history file shows much of the service and maintenance work was charged to a Chauffeur company, Barrington Chauffeur services with regular specialist works documented in the ream of invoices dating back to the early 90s. In the same ownership from 1990 until 2017 when our vendor purchased the car after driving it for work for many years as a Chauffeur. Works of note in the file include replacement head gaskets in early 1994 by local RR and Bentley specialists JL & JE Adams of Apperley, Glocs at a cost of £722 plus parts from main dealer Broughtons of Cheltenham. There are also receipts showing various repairs to the body and underside including rear wing repair sections in 2002, and to the NSF door and wing in 2012. The carbs were rebuilt by NRT Motors in July 2010, the rear suspension overhauled in December 2010 at a cost of £2081 and a replacement fuel tank fitted in May 2013. Some 28 old MOTs are also among the history, plus old tax discs and an old style log-book, 2 old V5's and current V5C. A tidy old Shadow I that’s led an interesting and varied life seeing much regular use and maintenance with a super history file. The last MOT expired in April 2017 and saw no advisories recorded and is of course now MOT exempt. One to use and enjoy we think.
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