Today I’m being very comfortably and luxuriously chauffeured around the beautiful English countryside, in this the best of the 70s Rolls Royce. My chauffeur for the day is the owner Simon, and Simon welcome to the show! Thank you, my pleasure. Tell me, what is this, what’s this car? 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II. Okay, how long are you had it for? Since February this year, so not long at all. Oh, it’s pretty fresh. Very fresh indeed, very fresh indeed. And what made you get this car then because, you know, this is not the most common car? Well I do you have ten cars so…
Oh! I like a car for every mood and every occasion. I’ve always wanted a Silver Shadow II, ever since I was a child. Family friends had two of them in Honey Gold, so I’ve just always been fascinated by a brightly colored Silver Shadow II. And what’s the story? So, I bought the car, it had been sitting in a garage close to my office for the last two years. The fellow hadn’t done much mileage at all before that the owner had it in 1982 until 2014. I’ve had some communication with his son and grandson and they’ve told me some lovely stories.
And the grandfather bought it in 1992 he thought the car was a little bit too yellow so he had the ever flex roof put on, and also a pioneer cassette player with graphic equaliser as well. So yes it’s great to have all the stories of the previous owners and also amazing to have such a unique car as well in this color. Yeah, it looks really and in this yellow. Yeah, it’s actually called Champagne on the build sheet. Not that you’d want to drink champagne that looks like this color, but it is unique and it’s the only one that I have seen. This wood is like mirror finish. Stunning! It is. It’s it’s never been restored. It’s walnut. The glovebox is super thick, with walnut, that’s a solid piece of walnut it even has a Yale stainless steel lock on that and yeah the attention to detail in this is amazing. You’ve got the leather headlining, leather sun visors, solid chrome lighters and door mountings, lambswool over rugs as well. The lambswool rugs were designed so ladies could take off their high heels and have their feet caressed as well, so that that was an amazing thing in its day.
In the rear you’ve also got moveable foot rests as well just in case you’re a little shorter and when I have your feet angled off the floor as well. What’s the engine in this? litre V8 with a three-speed automatic transmission. And horsepower? Horsepower.. Rolls-Royce never published their horsepower, they always just said that the power was adequate, so there’s no public figures for horsepower for Rolls-Royce of this era. Okay, I love that. Yeah. That’s funny. So, Simon are you gonna let me try driving in this beauty? I think I will let you, not a problem at all. Okay, thank you. Let me just pull in up here and the keys are yours!