The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1980 at the Rolls Royce factory in Crew.The car was and still is Rolls Royce’s most succesful model with over 38,000 cars produced including the convertable and Bentley versions.The Silver Shadow was designed by Rolls Royce chief designer John Polwhele Blatchley (1913-2008).The car was a new departure for Rolls Royce at the time being their first car to have a single bow design and a monocoque chassis previous models having been built around wood frames.The Silver Shadow was powered by a 172HP 6.2 ltr. V8 from 1965 to 1969 and a 172HP 6.75 ltr. V8 from 1970 to 1980.It was 17 feet long and weighed over 4,700 Lbs. a big luxury car by any standards.In 1977 the car was renamed the Silver Shadow 2 as some new features such as rack and pinion stteering where added this version is identifed by the rubber bumbers as opposed to the chrome of the earlier model. A 2 door coupe and convertable where also produced from 1965 and in 1971 these where given the seperate name of Corniche with both models being produced after the Silver Shadow production has stopped,the coupe was available until 1982 and the convertable as recently as 1996.
A Bentley version of the Silver Shadow was also produced called the Bentley T and the T2, this version was the same as the Rolls except the badge and the grill.