Street-Spotted: Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II

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Street-Spotted: Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith IIAutoweek

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is familiar enough to car enthusiasts, having been the British marque's main offering for a whole era stretching from 1965 to 1995 when the last Corniche was finally retired. And not just for Rolls-Royce but for Bentley as well, as it donned a very light disguise (okay, no disguise at all), and became the Bentley T-series.

We spotted this Rolls hanging out in a park, but... what is a Silver Wraith II, exactly?

Within the Silver Shadow Cinematic Universe (SSCU), there were actually a few sequels with minute differences.

The standard Silver Shadow itself arrived in 1965 along with its Bentley twin, replacing the Silver Cloud, which—despite today sounding like a computing platform—was actually a larger and more traditional car in many respects, and generally looked like a fancy vintage car from an old cartoon.


The Silver Shadow was a leap into the modern age for the two marques, offering a slab-sided three-box design, unibody construction, and reliable V8 power.

Early on that V8 engine was a 6.2-liter unit, good for 172 hp, but a few years into production Rolls switched to the more familiar 6.75-liter unit, producing 189 hp. The transmission was sourced from GM, in the form of the four-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400.

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The Silver Wraith II offered a longer wheelbase and a vinyl roof, in addition to wheel covers from the Corniche convertible. Autoweek

Rolls-Royce product cycles were long back then, with the automaker unveiling the Silver Shadow II in 1977 with a few changes inside and out, including updated bumpers, their rubber elements being one of the telltales of the new generation.