The 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I once owned by the late English actor Sir Roger Moore (October 14, 1927 – May 23, 2017) was recently sold in a charity auction to benefit Canvasback Missions, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves remote Pacific islands with much-needed health care and health education. The bidding ended on September 20, 2021 after the winning bid of US$35,100.00 (around PhP1,755,000.00) bested 74 other bidders for the car.
The Silver Shadow was delivered to the actor in California on December 23, 1976 by North American distributor Rolls-Royce Motors, Inc. of Paramus, New Jersey. It had a walnut brown paint finish and a tan “Everflex” vinyl roof. Moore, who was the third actor to portray the popular fictional British secret agent James Bond between 1973 (Live and Let Die) and 1985 (A View to a Kill), had his new Rolls-Royce registered with a personalized California license plate number 007.
It is believed that Moore bought the Silver Shadow just before filming “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 and that he owned the car for nine years until 1985. It is also believed that he kept the original 007 license plate number. Later on, a subsequent owner acquired a replacement license plate, appropriately numbered X 007, implying that owner was the former secret service agent.
Time has taken its toll on this Rolls-Royce, which was presented in “fair to good” condition. It was in running condition when it was donated to Canvasback Missions in late 2019 but it was stored outside protected only by water-resistant car covers. However, everything is original including the 6.75-liter V8 engine and 3-speed automatic transmission with a mileage of only 26,952 miles (43,123 kilometers).
Since this car stayed in California since 1976, there is minimal rust around the monocoque body. The seller listed two small dents – one on the leading edge of the left rear wheel well opening and the other on the right rear fender below the side running light. There is deep paint scratch on the right front passenger door and some paint cracks on the surfaces. The vinyl top needs to be replaced, some chrome and rubber work may be needed but all the glass are in excellent condition.
Overall, the interior is in good condition. The only flaws found are the paint chip around the ignition switch on the dashboard and some aftermarket holes between the front seats where an early mobile phone would have been mounted. A cellular antenna on the right rear quarter panel would have been connected to that radio/telephone, which would have served 007, err… Roger Moore well. The seats, door upholstery, headliner and carpets are in good condition while the wood garnish shows some cracks and chips.
The factory-supplied tools and jack are still in the trunk while the trunk carpet needs to be restored or replaced. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) LRE 26619 corresponds with the 1976 delivery documents to the first owner, one Roger George Moore, who ordered the car with factory air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, power windows, and power seats. We can only guess that this 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow didn’t get additional “modifications” from the Q-Branch but we’re glad that the proceeds from its sale is going to a noble cause.