1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Four door sedan
Sale Price
£20,000 - £30,000
Est. Range
5 November 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. SRH18696. 6.7-liter V-8. Silver Chalice over grey leather. Sharp radio cassette player, handset telephone.

Evaluation: Formerly owned by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury from 1979 until his death in 1991. Finished in its factory-correct color pairing of Silver Chalice over Blue, its ownership has been verified by the manager of the band and subsequently owned by the singer’s sister until 2013. Still very original, but needs a lot of work to bring it up to a good standard. Panel gaps throughout are good, but there is rust bubbling through on many edges, especially the sills. The chrome is okay, with only light pitting except front bumper (a few small dents) and rear bumper, which has larger dents, scuffs and rust, especially on the corners. Wheel trims are okay as well, showing some corrosion and scuffs. Number plates are original type. The interior is seemingly original and showing wear consistent with age and mileage (62,300 miles). The headliner needs a clean. There is a 1980s garage decal on the door jamb, suggesting repairs done then. 

Bottom Line: A Silver Shadow is one of the cheaper ways to get into Rolls-Royce ownership, and as with any affordable Rolls a generally scruffy condition and lack of maintenance are big red flags. But does any of that matter for this car? Not really. It’s Freddie Mercury’s Rolls. That’s the only reason the car is even in this auction. 

It previously sold for a reported 74,600 GBP by Coys in 2013 (the equivalent of 131,098 GBP or about $146,000 today).

Bidding was fierce despite this being the very first car of the auction, and it sold for nearly ten times its top estimate, with all proceeds going to a Ukraine charity. The number is of little to no relevance to the wider Silver Shadow market, but just for reference, this would have been a four-figure car if not for the rock and roll history.

by Andrew Newton
10 November 2022
A story about

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More on this topic

Hagerty Insider Newsletter

Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.

Thank You!
Your request will be handled as soon as possible
Hagerty Insider Newsletter
Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.
Condition definitions
Condition #1:
Condition #2:
Condition #3:
Condition #4:
Condition #5:
Condition #6: