1980 Silver Wraith
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Car location: Kirkland, Washington, United StatesSale type: Fixed price listing
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History - Rolls-Royce's most significant model since the Silver Ghost was the Silver Shadow which took 11 years to come to fruition and included many technical refinements. Under the code name Tibet. this model was the first Rolls-Royce to use monocoque or unitary construction.
The Silver Shadow was a huge technical leap forward from its predecessors. The car had every luxury option possible at the time. Gear change. windows. seat adjustment. fuel filler cap. aerial. air conditioning and heating were all electrically operated. A hydraulic system with pumps operated from the camshaft was also a considerable advance. as were power-operated disc brakes and self-leveling independent suspension. Early cars were powered by the 6. 23 liter V8. but in 1970 it was increased to 6. 75 liters to compensate for increasingly tight and power-sapping emissions legislation.
The Silver Shadow II was introduced in 1977 and was an improved version of the previous model with changes in external appearance. particularly wrap-around black bumpers with an air dam underneath; handling was also improved. The long-wheelbase Silver Wraith II had four inches more rear legroom. The Silver Shadow and Silver Shadow II were destined to become the best selling Rolls-Royce cars ever produced and they remain to this day a Great British icon.
The Silver Shadow had a more modern appearance in comparison to its predecessor. the Silver Cloud. The styling was a product of Crewe's in-house styling department. led by Jon P. Blatchley. Unitary construction. the absense of a separate frame resulted in more room for passengers. and easier access for luggage towing. It also featured much more practical updates that included disc brakes rather than drum brakes. and independent rear suspension with automotac level control instead of the previous live axle design of previous vehicles. The standard Silver Shadow had a wheelbase that measured at 5. 17 metres in length.
From 1965 until 1969. the Silver Shadow had a 172 hp 6. 2 L V8 and updated to a 189 hp 6. 75 L V8 from 1970 to 1980. These powerplants were merged to a General Motors-sourced Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission. Pre-1970 right-hand-drive models used the same 4-speed automatic gearbox as the Silver Cloud.
The Silver Shadow also featured an impressive high-pressure hydraulic system that was licensed from Citroen and showcased dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. In the beginning both the front and rear of the vehicle were controlleed by the leveling system. This was updated to only rear levelling as most of the work was done from this area.
To counteract power-robbing and ever growing stringent smog regulation. the 6750cc V8 engine was updated. The aluminum-silicon cylinder block with cast iron wet liners and aluminum alloy heads continued to remain on the engine.
In 1969 an optional longer wheelbase variant added an extra 4 inches to provide additional rear seat legroom. Several of these models were fitted with a privacy glass divider. These models today are still sought after by collectors today. These models were eventually renamed the Silver Wraith II in 1977. Updated with an Everflex covered roof. different wheel covers and a rear opera-style window the Silver Wraith II was quite a popular vehicle.
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