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The Silver Shadow II Anniversary



The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Anniversary was launched when Rolls-Royce existed 75 years. Since the company was founded in 1904 the celebration of 75 years of existence took place in 1979.
The Silver Shadow II Anniversary can be recognised by red badges on the raidiator grille and boot lid. Furthermore every Anniversary has a plaque in the glove compartment of the dashboard.



A Georgian silver Anniversary with the red badge on the grille.

Silver Shadow II and one Camargue
The red badges were only applied to Rolls-Royces and not to Bentleys, for Rolls-Royce existed 75 years, and not Bentley. Only 4-door saloons were provided with red signs, not long wheelbases and not Corniches. But there were two exception. The Rolls-Royce Camargue with chassisnumber JRH50085 was an anniversary Camargue, and was finished in the one-off colour Coronation Blue Fire Mist. And also one Silver Wraith II was equipped as an Anniversary, the LRH38478.

Colourscheme
All cars that were destined for the American and Canadian market, had the colourscheme Georgian silver with grey and red interior. All cars for the other markets had this or other colours. Colours I've met are gold, silver sand, royal blue over grey (2-tone with black interior), peacock blue, walnut over honey, other dark blue colours, honey, and so on. All those cars had a red badge, whether this was a good combination of colours or not.



A RHD Anniversary with the colour Silver sand.

The first and the last Anniversary
An anniversary could be ordered, but the customer didn't have to. The "special charges" of a "75th Anniversary car" were 290. The first Anniversary was SRH37987, the last one SRH39865. Production of the Anniversaries started in July 1979 and ended in November 1979. Many Anniversaries were delivered in 1980.



The gray and red interior of an American Anniversary.

Number of Anniversaries
Three separate plaques exist. The texts are:
   This motor car is one of 75 for our United Kingdom customers with a special badge to mark the 75th Anniversary of Rolls-Royce.
   This motor car is one of 75 for our overseas customers with a special badge to mark the 75th Anniversary of Rolls-Royce.
   This motor car is one of 75 designed in a special colour scheme for our overseas customers to mark the 75th Anniversary of Rolls-Royce.

The text of the press release about these Anniversaries is:
"LYNDHURST, N.J. - Seventy five "special" Rolls-Royce cars are to be sold in the United States to mark the 75th anniversary of the first car built by Henry Royce.
These anniversary Silver Shadow II cars will be finished in Georgian silver with charcoal grey leather upholstery and red carpets. A small plaque will be fitted inside the glove compartment where it will not be "ostentatious" says Rolls-Royce Motors.
Another feature of the special cars is likely to be spotted only by the observant. The famous RR badge, normally painted in black, will be in red. Legend claims that the badge lettering was changed from red to black to mark the death of Sir Henry Royce in1933. In fact, Sir Henry had himself decided to change the lettering as black was better suited to the color schemes.
Each car will be sold with a "certificate of authenticity" and the serial numbers will be kept in a private file at the factory in Crewe, England. Rolls-Royce officials are determined to prevent any fraudulent "conversions" or copies of the car being passed off as genuine.
An additional 75 anniversary cars will be sold in Britain and a third batch of 75 will be sold in other countries.
George Lewis, president of Rolls-Royce Motors Inc., the British company's subsidiary in this country, said he expects these special cars to start arriving in the United States in the Fall. He predicts they will rapidly become collectors's items and will be eagerly sought."

Reading this text and these plaques there were three markets where Rolls-Royce celebrated its jubilee, which wold make a total of 225 Anniversaries. However, this number was not sold. I have visited the archives in the Hunt House in Paulerspury, Engeland, and investigated the real Anniversary story. I used the Car Specification Sheets and Warranty Acknowledgements to compose the list on this page.

In January 2012 Tony Flood published in the RREC Bulletin the next data about the Anniversaries:
- The initial plan was for 75 Silver Shadow II cars to be built for each market region and referred to as "Anniversary" cars.
- This policy was strictly adhered to for the USA, which had the stipulated number (75) built and delivered.
- In addition 10 Silver Shadow II cars were built for Canada having the same specification applied as those built for the USA.
- The UK market had 72 Silver Shadow II cars built for this anniversary, and one Silver Wraith II, plus a Camargue.
- For the remaining overseas markets a further 53 Silver Shadow II cars were built.
So finally 212 Anniversaries were built.

Tony Flood has helped a lot with compiling this list, which was of great value. Tony spent over 40 years in the factory in Crewe and he disposes of many interesting data about the manufacturing of Silver Shadow models.



   

Three different plaques with Anniversary texts.

In the next table the chassisnumbers of the Anniversaries are listed. In the first column there is a counter. In the third column the country is mentioned where the car would be used when new. This country determines the kind of plaque that is present in the cubby box. The signs in the 4th, 5th and 6th column mean:
(1) = United Kingdom customer
(2) = Overseas customer
(3) = Designed in a special colour scheme for the overseas customer (American and Canadian market).

Number

Chassisnumber

For use in country

(1)

(2)

(3)

Total

74

53

85

1

SRH37987

Great Britain

X

SRH38062

Great Britain

X

SRK38076

United States

X

SRK38078

United States

X

SRK38083

United States

X

SRK38087

United States

X

SRK38089

United States

X

SRH38097

Great Britain

X

SRH38102

Great Britain

X

10

SRH38109

Great Britain

X

SRK38161

United States

X

SRK38163

United States

X

SRH38166

Great Britain

X

SRK38167

United States

X

SRK38169

United States

X

SRK38173

United States

X

SRH38174

Great Britain

X

SRK38175

United States

X

SRK38179

United States

X

20

SRK38181

United States

X

SRH38183

Great Britain

X

SRK38184

United States

X

SRK38186

United States

X

SRH38187

Great Britain

X

SRK38190

United States

X

SRK38194

United States

X

SRH38195

Great Britain

X

SRK38198

United States

X

SRH38199

Great Britain

X

30

SRH38201

Great Britain

X

SRK38202

United States

X

SRH38203

Great Britain

X

SRK38207

United States

X

SRK38211

United States

X

SRH38212

Great Britain

X

SRK38213

United States

X

SRH38215

Great Britain

X

SRK38216

United States

X

SRH38217

Great Britain

X

40

SRH38221

Great Britain

X

SRK38222

United States

X

SRH38223

Great Britain

X

SRK38224

United States

X

SRH38227

Great Britain

X

SRK38228

United States

X

SRH38229

Great Britain

X

SRK38230

United States

X

SRH38231

Great Britain

X

SRH38232

Japan

X

50

SRH38234

Great Britain

X

SRH38235

Great Britain

X

SRK38236

United States

X

SRH38238

Great Britain

X

SRK38239

United States

X

SRK38241

United States

X

SRH38242

Great Britain

X

SRK38244

Hawai

X

SRH38245

Great Britain

X

SRK38246

United States

X

60

SRH38248

Great Britain

X

SRK38249

United States

X

SRH38250

Great Britain

X

SRH38251

Great Britain

X

SRH38253

Great Britain

X

SRH38255

Great Britain

X

SRH38257

Great Britain

X

SRH38277

Great Britain

X

SRH38279

Great Britain

X

SRK38280

United States

X

70

SRH38281

Great Britain

X

SRK38283

United States

X

SRH38284

Great Britain

X

SRH38286

Great Britain

X

SRK38287

United States

X

SRH38288

Great Britain

X

SRH38291

Great Britain

X

SRH38293

Great Britain

X

SRK38294

United States

X

SRH38295

Great Britain

X

80

SRH38296

Great Britain

X

SRK38297

United States

X

SRH38298

Great Britain

X

SRH38300

Great Britain

X

SRK38301

United States

X

SRH38302

Great Britain

X

SRH38303

Great Britain

X

SRH38304

Great Britain

X

SRH38306

Northern Ireland

X

SRK38307

United States

X

90

SRH38308

Jersey CI

X

SRH38310

Great Britain

X

SRK38311

United States

X

SRH38312

Great Britain (Scotland)

X

SRH38313

Great Britain

X

SRH38315

Great Britain

X

SRK38316

United States

X

SRH38317

Great Britain

X

SRK38318

United States

X

SRK38321

United States

X

100

SRH38322

Great Britain

X

SRK38325

United States

X

SRH38326

Great Britain

X

SRH38329

Great Britain

X

SRH38331

Great Britain

X

SRH38350

Great Britain

X

SRH38351

Great Britain

X

SRK38352

Canada

X

SRH38354

Great Britain

X

SRH38356

Great Britain

X

110

SRH38358

Great Britain

X

SRH38359

Great Britain

X

SRX38360

Japan

X

SRH38361

Great Britain

X

SRH38363

Great Britain

X

SRH38365

Great Britain

X

SRH38366

Australia

X

SRH38367

Great Britain

X

SRX38371

Japan

X

SRH38375

Great Britain

X

120

SRH38376

Australia

X

SRH38383

Great Britain

X

SRX38385

Bahrain

X

SRH38388

Hong Kong

X

SRH38396

South Africa

X

SRH38423

Great Britain

X

SRX38424

Saudi Arabia

X

SRX38428

Qatar

X

SRX38432

Saudi Arabia

X

SRX38436

Qatar

X

130

SRX38440

Saudi Arabia

X

SRX38444

Kuwait

X

SRX38452

Jordan

X

SRX38456

Germany

X

SRX38460

Germany

X

SRX38464

Germany

X

LRH38478

Great Britain

X

SRX38495

Netherlands

X

SRH38496

Isle of Man

X

SRX38499

Switzerland

X

140

SRX38503

Switzerland

X

SRH38507

Japan

X

SRX38511

Switzerland

X

SRX38515

Italy

X

SRX38520

France

X

SRX38530

Italy

X

SRX38536

Italy

X

SRH38537

Ireland

X

SRX38573

Japan

X

SRX38657

Germany

X

150

SRK38659

United States

X

SRX38661

Belgium

X

SRK38663

United States

X

SRK38667

United States

X

SRX38665

Italy

X

SRH38669

New Zealand

X

SRK38671

United States

X

SRX38673

Italy

X

SRK38675

United States

X

SRX38677

Monaco

X

160

SRK38679

United States

X

SRX38681

Jordan

X

SRK38683

United States

X

SRH38685

Hong Kong

X

SRH38686

Great Britain

X

SRK38687

United States

X

SRX38689

Switzerland

X

SRK38691

United States

X

SRX38693

Switzerland

X

SRK38695

United States

X

170

SRX38697

Switzerland

X

SRK38699

United States

X

SRK38703

United States

X

SRK38706

United States

X

SRK38708

United States

X

SRX38709

Bahrain

X

SRK38711

United States

X

SRK38713

United States

X

SRX38714

Bahrain

X

SRK38716

United States

X

180

SRK38718

United States

X

SRK38721

United States

X

SRX38723

Kuwait

X

SRK38724

United States

X

SRK38726

United States

X

SRX38728

Dubai

X

SRK38730

United States

X

SRK38732

United States

X

SRX38735

Saudi Arabia

X

SRK38737

United States

X

190

SRK38739

United States

X

SRX38741

Saudi Arabia

X

SRK38743

United States

X

SRK38744

United States

X

SRX38746

Jordan

X

SRK38779

United States

X

SRK38781

United States

X

SRX38783

Japan

X

SRK38785

United States

X

SRK38788

Canada

X

200

SRK38792

Canada

X

SRK38794

Canada

X

SRK38798

Canada

X

SRK38801

Canada

X

SRK38805

Canada

X

SRK38807

Canada

X

SRK38811

Canada

X

SRK38814

Canada

X

SRH38850

Hong Kong

X

SRH38854

Singapore

X

210

SRH39854

South Africa

X

SRH39865

South Africa

X

JRH50085

Great Britain

X

Total

74

53

85


The meaning of the last columns repeated:
74 = United Kingdom customers
53 = Overseas customers
85 = American (75) and Canadian (10) customers.

How to read the chassisnumbers is explained on page Chassisnumbers.
The Anniversary Silver Shadow II is also mentioned on the page Silver Shadow II
The Anniversary Camargue is also mentioned on the page Camargue



The only Anniversary Camargue.


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