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When it comes to luxury, style and class, it doesn’t get much better than a Rolls Royce – simply nothing compares – and this 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II is no exception.  The car is in pristine condition, inside and out and the attention to detail when designing and constructing this vehicle is incredible.

With a 6750cc, 8 cylinder, 16 valve 3-speed automatic engine, there is plenty of gas under the hood, but for owner, Robert, the thrill of the ride is not the power, but the smoothness and quietness of the engine.  “I enjoy the quality and craftsmanship of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II,” said Robert. “I have loved the shape and style of Rolls Royce cars since I was a young teenager and this vehicle is not the first Rolls Royce I have owned.  While living in Auckland in 1992 I owned a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Series I,” he said.  The 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II is 5.20m long, 1.83m wide and has 540 Nm torque at 2500 rpm.  It is a rear wheel drive with ventilated front disc brakes and solid disc rear brakes.  Acceleration is 0-100kph in 11.3 seconds.  The engine literally just ticks along – it is so quiet.  It has an air of reliability about it.  The shock absorbency is excellent and it feels almost like you are gliding down the road.

This car is New Zealand-new and has had four previous owners.  Stately in shape, with the commanding front grille, Rolls Royce insignia and the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ sculpture on the bonnet, this vehicle can’t help but draw attention. The paintwork also makes it stand out.  With black sides and hood contrasting with silver on the bonnet and rear of the vehicle and a red side stripe and red wheel trims, the 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II looks very sharp, but it is the finishing touches that make this vehicle special.  Acres of chrome dazzle and the twin front headlights are fitted into a chrome surround panel with the well-known Rolls Royce double-R insignia sitting proudly between the two headlights.  But that’s not all, each set of headlights has a chrome mounted wiper brush positioned to keep the lights clean. 

The interior of the vehicle is luxurious, with highly padded black leather seating and extremely comfortable headrests.  Burr walnut adorns the dash and top panel of the interior of the doors and if you look closely you will notice that there are two different types of woodgrain used on the doors, with a horizontal section of burr walnut inset with utter precision.  It is evident that only the finest craftsmen have worked on this vehicle. Black leather lines the remainder of the doors and red carpet completes the picture.  Fully air-conditioned, with rear vanity mirrors mounted for passengers’ use in the back seat, the 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II is simply sublime.

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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.