The 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and its subsequent model years were one of the most popular Rolls-Royce cars ever build. Over their 15 year production run, over 30,000 of them had been built and sold, to delighted buyers everywhere. The Silver Shadow was a retort to a all critics who contented that Rolls-Royce had fallen behind the times, and simply produced fuddy-duddy cars. Luxurious as ever, if featured an all-independent, self-leveling suspension, courtesy of Citroen, four wheel disc brakes and a stiff monocoque construction. It was quite the modern car, and become increasingly so as the years wore on, with impressive air-conditioning (shared with the Camargue) and a tighter assisted steering.
The Silver Shadow was initially powered by a 6.2-liter V8, which was replaced by the standard, “power not disclosed” 6.7-liter V8, coupled to a tough and smooth GM four-speed Hydramatic transmission. By almost any standard but sports cars, the Silver Shadow was a fast car, with a 0-60 time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 117 miles per hour.
The 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow survived with only minor changes until 1980, when it was replaced by the Silver Spirit, a worthy successor to an exceptional car.