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My uncle is in his 80's and moved back to Hong Kong from Wisconsin decades ago.
He has a 1975 Rolls Royce. He doesn't want the car any more so it's mine now.

Here is a picture. I don't know what model this is.
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Now the challenges...

It hasn't been driven for decades, I don't have pink slip, and can't locate the keys. It is from Hong Kong so it is right-hand-drive. He just parked it in a barn in Milwaukee decades ago and left it there. It hasn't been driven in DECADES.

So I have many questions.

1) without any paperwork (the car is 45 years old after all), how can I properly transfer it to my name?
2) How do I get keys?
3) is it legal to drive given the steering wheel is on the opposite side?
 

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It is perfectly legal to drive a righthand drive car in the USA, just as it is to drive a lefthand drive car in countries where driving on the opposing side of the road is the custom. It's just more difficult.

You will have to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (or whatever your locale calls it) to determine how to transfer ownership in to your own name with no paperwork. It's not like it never happens, but it's definitely a PITA to get all of the ducks in a row to do it.

You can contact the RREC in the UK for the build sheets for this car, which will include the key codes that any locksmith can use to cut a blank for a Yale lock of the period. See: Rolls-Royce and Bentley Keys Through the 1991 Model Year. A really skilled locksmith (at considerable expense) could use the actual ignition cylinder and figure out the keying necessary, but if you can get the key code that's the best way to go. If the Owner's Handbook is with the car it was often customary to record the key code in a section at the very back, so look there.

Here's the RREC info for build sheets:
Rolls-Royce & Bentley, pre-1980, & 1980 through 2003: RREC
The International Club for Rolls-Royce & Bentley Enthusiasts Current fees listed on webpage
 

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Contact dealer after you sort out paperwork
This is one situation where I will have to disagree with you. The probability of any Bentley dealer (and Bentley is who "got ownership" of all the legacy cars produce by Crewe up through the Seraph/Arnage era) would have anyone around who knows the least thing about a mid-70s SY series car is either incredibly slim, or incredibly fat, take your pick. Many of them know far less than a number of the members here and on other RR/Bentley forums about how to get this kind of arcane information, or what to do when you are unable to.

If you asked what key should be cut for this car I can almost guarantee a, "How would we know?," class of response.

And I realize I forgot to mention that this is definitely a Silver Shadow, and near the end of the line for the chrome bumpers. You can tell that because of the proportion of the rear door, which is the "short" version of the Shadow rather than the Shadow Long Wheelbase.
 

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I don't know if all the locks take the same key on a Shadow, but my Bentley MKVI came with no keys.
I took the lock apart on the glove box and carefully filed my own key from that using the pins.
If one has never taken a lock apart before, I would not recommend this though _ little tiny springs to deal with and such.
 

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After the key issue is resolved. You will need a complete hydraulic system rebuild from reservoir to calipers. Seals, hoses, refreshed accumulators, brake pumps, pressure regulators, etc.
There is alot more than just starting the car. Due to the complexity of the car, alot of money will be spent to make it roadworthy.
 

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After the key issue is resolved. You will need a complete hydraulic system rebuild from reservoir to calipers. Seals, hoses, refreshed accumulators, brake pumps, pressure regulators, etc. There is alot more than just starting the car....
This is where your work will really begin... I'd start with downloading the Service Schedule and Workshop Manual from Bentley, who took over ownership of the rights to the legacy material from RR when they split. A printed copy will set you back about $500 if you can find one, but Bentley were kind enough to make these manuals available for download from their heritage site:

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Service Schedule
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Workshop Manual

Once you have these, I'd start going through the service schedule section by section and start seeing what needs replacing/fixing/overhauling. Until you learn this stuff yourself (and a lot can be done yourself on these) your next hard job will be to find someone who knows anything about them. You don't want to take it to someone with zero knowledge of these cars.

A couple of big ones I'd start with are

1) Hydraulics/Brakes - like Wraithman said, great to get the car started, but not so great to not be able to stop it.
2) Leaks - where are they coming from? Are you able to successfully do some basic fluid and filter replacements (oil, coolant, transmission, final drive, fuel filter, air filter etc). You'll find out quickly what's an issue.
3) Steering Rack/Steering reservoir - is it leaking/empty? Does the rack need an overhaul? The racks on Spirits/Sours that came out just after these are awfully prone to needing overhauls of their seals every few years. If the Shadows are similar, then this will likely need a change.
4) Research - start reading. Lots. See links above and below.

For technical information you can't find in the Workshop Manual, I'd recommend starting with a couple of places:

a) RR Owners Club - Rolls have an owners club/forum, which has lots of technical info. It has an annual fee. There's some great technical experts on their forums (but you'll probably find most of them on this site as well :)).
b) RR Australia Forum - tons of useful knowledge on this site you won't find anywhere else.

There are parts available from a few reliable sources. Just to get you started, a couple of the biggest and 'retailers' are FlyingSpares.com and Introcar.co.uk. They'll give you an idea on pricing for parts you may need, but there are others out there, as well as specialist tool manufacturers for these cars as well (e.g. British Tool Works).

There are a lot of folks out there with Shadows, so you'll be able to find advice on places like this.
 

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Lawrence. The question you need to ask is do I want to make a study of a mid seventies Rolls Royce Silver Shadow? To bring this unused car up to pride of ownership condition, you will need to spend alot of money or learn how to repair this car yourself. Even so you will spend alot of money. The good news is that learning about these fine cars is challenging and rewarding if you have the time and resources. Many skilled machanics need advice from the forums so stay well connected to these people. They are dedicated and very helpful. If you decide to keep the car get it titled in your name first as a glitch here can be very disappointing. Then, do the brakes first, and don't worry about everything at once. No one would ever take on an old Rolls if they had to face all the work at one time. These cars will not stop if the brakes aren't updated. Not even if being pushed or pulled. It is even dangerous to load one on a trailer, so have a professional move it if needed and don't try to coast it off of a trailer. The brakes will not stop it from rolling. Let the winch and cable bring it to a stop. In summary, have some fun if you want to learn about these great cars. Take your time and first do no harm. Happy motoring.
 
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