Tuesday, August 6, 2013

10k: German For Manure: 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow replaced the Silver Cloud and was originally planned to be called the Silver Mist...however, the English word mist translates directly to crap (or manure, dung, rubbish, muck, droppings) in German, so the smart folks at Rolls HQ in Crewe, England decided to change the name to Silver Shadow.  It is a shame they didn't keep the "mist" name as the Silver Shadow hasn't exactly kept price pace with classics such as the Silver Cloud, Silver Dawn or Silver Wraith...quite the opposite and much of the original owners $65,000 is very much in the toilet in today's used car market.  Great for us bargain shoppers, not so great for 80s royalty, despots, warlords, drug dealers and oil executives.  Find this 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow for sale in Santa Clara, CA currently selling on craigslist for $12,000 FIRM.  Tip from the King of Kraigslist...Kaibeezy who says: I suppose the maintenance costs would cover you in Colman's hot mustard and eat you alive, but still... how cool to DD an RR.

No one is going to sit and argue that the Silver Shadow will make a good commuter car, investment or anything other than a novelty...but...it'll be the most talked about purchase you make this year (aside from all those AS-SEEN-ON-TV gadgets). The Silver Shadow features a 6.75 liter V8 that puts out 189 horsepower and enough torque to tow a broken down Grey Poupon factory truck.  This one looks in great cosmetic shape inside and out - so how much could maintenance possible cost you to drive this work for a year?

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  1. ~ the ideal traveler to tow my 16 ft Airstream Bambi.

  2. "how much could maintenance possible cost you to drive this work for a year?"
    Ah yes, the subtle "logic" we tell ourselves to justify the purchase.
    Lets say it cost $0 in maintenance over the year, could you possibly go back to the beater Camry after this???

  3. "So how much could maintenance possibly cost you to drive this work for a year?" Well, the seller already states it "Needs Some Work on AC, Transmission Front Seal, Electric Antenna."

    So, unless you are a RR mechanic and can do this work yourself (and you have a source for less expensive RR parts), estimate another five figures in maintenance and repair costs.


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