1971 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

RM Open Roads February 2021
Friday, 19 February - Sunday, 28 February 2021
Sale Price
$25,000 - $30,000
Est. Range
27 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. LRX9877. Black with black vinyl roof over tan leather. 6750-cc V-8, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, woodrim steering wheel, tools and books. Comes with a pair of rear footrests.

Evaluation: Located in California. Coolant leak noted, along with weak brakes. Dusty, grimy engine bay otherwise. Same goes for the underbody. Severe blistering and some rot under the bumpers. Average quality paint with a handful of scratches and chips. Good panel fit and brightwork. Widespread but light wrinkling to the leather. Crack in the wood on the steering wheel. A stately ride in need of a lot, and that’s just judging by the pictures. There are surely even more needs and shop bills ahead.

Bottom Line: This car may have had a head-scratchingly high $25,000 estimate, but the bidders weren’t fooled on this one, recognizing the car’s shortcomings and not putting much stock into the fact that it’s a rare LWB model. This price is about as much as the car deserves. Remember, though, that there’s no such thing as a cheap Rolls-Royce. One line on the next shop invoice could easily exceed the purchase price.

by Andrew Newton
5 March 2021
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  • Kevin Davin says:

    As a long-time owner and dedicated fan of a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB saloon, I can tell you with authority that the ’71 LWB Shadow mentioned in this article is a dog. As the Mercedes Benz ads state: it’s either correct or it isn’t. This baby is a hooptie that has been neglected and not respected. The cost for the rubber brake lines (no Chinese copies) and to properly freshen the brake system will amount to the purchase price of this car. Heh, heh, heh!, believe me. The brake fluid alone for the system is $30 a litre. and you ain’t seen nothing yet! The wisest and only way to purchase a Shadow is to be certain it has been maintained to ‘aircraft standards’. When proper, there’s nothing like a Shadow. Even today. Good luck on that one! It’s gonna be a heartbreaker! The poor thing is probably most likely a candidate for being dismantled.

  • Jim Rosenthal says:

    License plate should read “Chee-Z” This car will clean out its new owner’s wallet.

  • Anthony Jones says:

    I would like to buy this automobile for $5,000 can you have it delivered to me in Jackson Ms?

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