By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG Alireza Behpour
E’ER since I spied a brown Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow (Series I) with black everflex roof this morning, my mind has been transfixed. I’m almost smitten – what a beautiful Rolls!
The Iranian coupe example you see above – shot by the talented Alireza Behpour – is a close facsimile to the superbly maintained example I found today. This particular car was parked – or “positioned” – discretely next to a new Honda Accord. Still discretion couldn’t disguise its unique form from these eagles eyes…
The elegant, if ultra-conservative Silver Shadow is understated in the sense that it’s proportions are restrained; unlike a Silver Cloud’s billowing fenders, the old Shadow is actually “small” for a post-war Rolls-Royce due largely to the constraints Crewe faced with the then-new monocoque chassis.
Where the old Royce is conspicuous is in its tall Greek temple grille and the large Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. Both set the old Rolls apart from everything else in a parking lot and manage to carve an imperial path upon any avenue.