1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Review
Love It! — Performance: Great acceleration for the weight of this car. Braking under a heavy load can be dangerous. Ride comfort is great, but handling can be a little bit too mushy sometimes. 6.2L V8 engine is very smooth and quiet throughout drive. Twin carburettor. Fuel consumption is poor though. Build Quality: Nothing squeaks or rattles inside, everything is a perfect fit. Leather smells great with regular treatment. Wood/Veneer is straight and clean. Electrics can be a problem if not checked or serviced (e.g. power seats, lights, air con, etc.) The monocoque body seems to be very advance for the time, although rust or damage repairs will be expensive. A good car wash regularly will keep The Shadow squeaky clean! Appearance: The Shadow, and most of its other siblings are very very grand looking. The cream paint makes a good looking classic british car. And look for The Flying Lady atop the extravagant grill upfront. Chrome is all nice and shiny. Interior is very simple, although the power seats are quite advanced for the time. Plenty of lights everywhere for entry and map reading. Cost of Ownership: Collecting cars is a very expensive hobby already. Owning a classic Rolls Royce or any vintage is extra expensive. The costs of rust repairs (if any), replacement of electrics, general maintenance and other maintenance to keep the car looking great as well as running may be over the top. It is well worth your time and money if you have the passion to do so. Fun Factor: Great car to cruise around in. This car will turn heads. Love to test its performance whenever I get the chance to.
Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)
Pros: Most of it is awesome.
Cons: Fuel consumption. Mushy ride sometimes. Electrics work intermittently.
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