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1965

Silver shadow I

(Also known as Silver Shadow 1)

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1965 to 1977. Out went the old palatial style, to be replaced by a more contemporary three-box style - and it certainly worked, because the Silver Shadow and its Bentley counterpart, the T-Series became the company's best-selling cars to date.

The advancements over the Cloud were many - the Silver Shadow boasted unitary construction, all-round disc brakes and self-levelling suspension. But because of the sheer size and scale of the new Rolls-Royce, it carried off all of these advancements in style.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 4-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control front and rear (from 1969 deleted on front) 
  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Wheelbase 3,035 mm (119.5 in) (from 1969 long wheelbase version 3,136.9 mm (123.5 in) optional, from 1971 wheelbase 3,041.6 mm (119 3/4 in), from 1974 wheelbase 3,048 mm or long wheelbase 3,149.6 mm (120 in or 124 in))
  • Tyre size 8.45 x 15 cross-ply (from 1972 tyre size 205VR15; from 1974 tyre size 235/70HR15)

1971

Corniche

This is a 2-door full-size luxury car coupe or convertible type, produced from 1971 to 1987. Interestingly, the car was launched before its name, appearing as the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door saloon in 1966. Its huge additional cost over the car it was based upon was down to its coachbuilt body, handcrafted by Mulliner Park Ward, and with a build time of six months.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control front and rear
  • Disc brakes front and rear (from 1972 ventilated disc brakes front)
  • Wheelbase 3,042 mm (119.75 in) (from 1974 wheelbase 3.048 mm (120 in); from 1979 wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in))
  • Tyre size 205VR15 (from 1974 tyre size 235/70VR15)

1975

Camargue

This is a 2-door full-size luxury car coupe type, produced from 1975 to 1986. The Camargue was famed for pioneering a complex dual level climate control system which was used in later Rolls Royce cars. The Camargue was aimed at being the most luxury Rolls Royce, with additional options and personalised interiors being the norm.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control front and rear
  • ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear
  • Wheelbase 3,042 mm (119.75 in) (from 1974 wheelbase 3.048 mm (120 in); from 1979 wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in))
  • Tyre size 205VR15 (from 1974 tyre size 235/70VR15)

1977

Silver shadow II / silver wraith II

(Also known as Silver Shadow 2, Silver Wraith 2)

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1977 to 1980. The Shadow went through its only major revision in 1977. Its delicate chromed bumpers were replaced with rubber-faced bashers capable of meeting U.S. 5-MPH impact requirements, while rack-and-pinion steering succeeded the earlier recirculating-ball setup; passengers were even further coddled with a two-level air-conditioning system. The dashboard went through a complete redesign, with the bulk of the surrounding padding pared down. There were so many changes, more than 2,000 in all, that Rolls-Royce re-christened the car the Silver Shadow II; its Bentley stablemate became the T2. The long-wheelbase Shadow now wore the Silver Wraith II name.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control front and rear
  • Ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear
  • Wheelbase 3,048 mm (120 in) or the long wheelbase Silver Wraith II 3,149.6 mm (124 in)
  • Tyre size 235/70HR15