Here is a Silver Shadow with the glass compartment divider.
This car has caused me to reflect on the “shoebox” theme of many 60s cars. The gross form is very simple. All the interest is in the proportions and the detailing. In the middle is the medium level of the design where little deviates from the engineering minimum of large boxes for the engine, passenger cell and the boot. Rolls Royce could rely on opulent materials and lustrous finish to carry the argument that this could be called the world’s best car.
Apart from those it’s quite simply a formal oblong on wheels, one with impeccable proportions, repeated to great effect on Vickers’ last Rolls, the Seraph, which also revived the rich and voluptuous radii that characterise the minor transitions of the Shadow that the Spur eschewed, making it all too much like an English Caprice. That car’s panels had a crudeness suited to Detroit production standards inappropriate for the marque.
The car here had cloth seats which are ideal for this class of car.