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Michael Caine’s Iconic 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow to Be Auctioned Off

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Sir Michael Caine always looks super stylish and charming. Despite not being as charming or classy, I try to dress up nicely like him. If I had enough money I would love to buy his old car – a 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Drophead Coupe. It’s going to be auctioned on the 15th of March at H&H Classics’ Imperial War Museum auction and is estimated to sell for between £100,000 ($121,000) and £150,000 ($182,000).

A famous actor went to a car dealership in Berkeley Square with a list of things to buy – milk, bread, a newspaper and cigarettes – as well as an unexpected item: a Rolls-Royce. The actor was not looking his best that day – unkempt and unshaven. So he got kicked out of the store before he could finish his shopping.

Michael Caine wasn’t impressed when he visited a Rolls-Royce dealership, so he went to check out another one. It was called H.A. Fox on Dover Street, and there he found a 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Drophead Coupe that Terence Rattigan (the writer of the movie ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce’) had canceled his order for previously. Michael bought this car and it was cheaper for him to hire a driver than getting an inexperienced driving license (L-plate). He then drove past the first luxury car dealership with a big smile while giving him the middle finger – though it’s not certain if this happened or not!

Caine owned the Silver Shadow car for a short two years until 1970. Then, it was bought by Jack Leach who used to own the Gasworks restaurant in Fulham popularly visited by big celebrities like Richard Burton and his girlfriend. He re-registered this car with the number “ALO 182H” and drove it around until he died in 2013. After his death, the car was put away and eventually sold to an owner who invested around £100,000 to restore it.

Only 506 Silver Shadow Two-Door Drophead Coupes were delicately and carefully made by Rolls-Royce’s craftspeople at Mulliner Ward from 1967 till 1971. This particular car was also featured in a movie named “Candid Caine” that launched in 1969. The purchase of this car includes documents for its registration, photos, receipts and records about the restoration.

H&H Classics Senior Motorcar Specialist, Damian Jones, says that Caine and the Silver Shadow have been super popular since the 1960s. Combining these two in one car is very unusual so people from all over the world will be excited about it. This article was written by David P. Castro and published on ClassicCars.com, a website with lots of car news stories.

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