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Hello all,

Just seeking some feedback. I've been lucky enough to enjoy both a 1996 Silver Spirit and a 1968 Silver Shadow for over a year now, but a number of considerations (principally lack of adequate storage for both) means I have to sell one of the two. Problem is, I can't make up in my mind which one. The Spirit is very practical (it starts on demand and all the electrics do exactly what you ask them to do) and is reliable for motorway journeys, but I find a bit "brutish" and sturdy, and I don't seem to want to hop in it for short drives around town (London). The Shadow is wonderfully wafty, has a quaint interior and seems easier to move around town, but on longer journeys and at speed, a lot of things creak, the wipers are hopeless, the heating is antiquated, and the whirring engine noise gets to me after an hour or so of driving. And there's always the risk of a part failing suddenly.
To add difficulty to the decision-making process, in today's economic climate, neither will achieve a great value (neither are perfect), so I'm trying to figure which one would cause me the least loss.
Apologies for the long post, I really don't want to regret selling the wrong car.
Thanks in advance.
 

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If you can figure out a way to keep them both, then keep them both. If you can't, then figure out which one sets of sparks in your soul.
 

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As an SZ owner, I would say keep the SZ.
In the current economy, and if one of them MUST go, advertise both of them and sell the first one to go.
My two cents....
 

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I own a Cloud, Shadow, Shadow II, Silver Wraith II, Camargue, Corniche and a Spur, plus two early Post War Bentleys, I don't know how I would get along without any of them. They all bring me there own charm and joy..
 

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Loss is relative. That would depend upon how much you've spent for each of course and what the current market value is by comparison.

For the purist, the 1968 Shadow. Classic, timeless styling. Produced when RR was still owned by RR. Best of both worlds,classic and modern. These cars are not everyday drivers for you anyway.
The Spirit does have its advantages in modernity and convenience, as stated. Not to be entirely dismissed. More modern, less glances..and not nearly as beautiful as the original. It IS a dated style.

I'm a Jaguar guy. First car a 66 Mk2 I restored as a kid in high school in the early 90s.
Always thought I'd restore them and move to Britain etc..until I actually began restoring them professionally for a restoration shop and realized I wanted more from life.
Have still always owned old Jaguars though.

Anyway, traded my beloved Mk2 for a then newer XJ6 the owner had.
ooh, A/C, power locks, stereo, modern electronics..etc. I was in heaven.
I became tired of the old car issues and relished some modern conveniences etc.
So, there is that too..

I have few regrets in life..
One of them was doing that trade. They basically screwed me and knew it. I was young.
I will never get over that and shake my head to this day when I think of it..

Anyway, I believe the heart engulfs and rules all, especially things such as this, situations such as this..
So, there is that also...(smile)

More confused? (smile)

Stay completely away from both of them for a while, even a month or two..I mean avoid like plague and hide under cover.
See which you miss more, an/or which thrills you more upon viewing and sitting within at that time.

Let us know what you decide in the end.
Kind regards

PS: @Ohjai Thanks for the resume. Feel better now? Precisely why I've never joined RR Clubs. Thanks for reminding me.
 
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