THE EX-RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH
1970 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW TWO-DOOR SALOON
The unitary construction Silver Shadow unveiled in 1965 nudged Rolls-Royce into a brand new generation of motor cars and formed the basis for the long wheelbase Silver Shadow and Silver Wraith II, the Pininfarina-styled Carmargue and the elegant two-door, fixed head coupés built by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. The two-door coupé was steel paneled with a light alloy bonnet and boot lid, the elegant coachwork kicking slightly above the rear wheels and accommodating four passengers in a cabin furnished in the best traditions of British coachbuilding. Early cars were powered by the well-tested 6,230cc V8 engine with automatic transmission.
The Rolls-Royce was ordered new in August 1969 by Jack Barclay Ltd for their esteemed customer Richard, (now Lord), Attenborough. A distinctive non-metallic green livery was selected with gold lining and the original specification provided for a beige cloth interior, now replaced with cream leather with green piping. The complete car was invoiced to Jack Barclay Ltd on 4th December 1969 at a price of £10,851. Factory Build Sheets offered with the vehicle provide complete and detailed specifications. An excellent history file records work carried out by Rolls-Royce specialists during its lifetime. Although not warranted, the current recorded mileage of 34,000 or so miles may well be correct from an inspection of the car’s history file and MoT records.
This impressive Rolls-Royce is now owned by David who proudly displayed it on Classic Car Connections stand at The Edenbridge Motor Show.