DESCRIPTION1971 Rolls-Royce Shadow Drophead Owner: John Apen Purchase Date and Price: February 1998, $34,900 Mileage since Purchase: 3,553. Now 47,548 miles Recent Work: Refinish wood door caps. A Rolls collector at the Barrett-Jackson bidders bar recommended my 1971 Silver Shadow. He had seen it at a Florida dealer's, and described it as "the best chrome bumper drophead he had ever seen". And since I always told prospective Ferrari buyers "Every man should have one before he dies" I figured it was time to get a Rolls. Any Rolls, especially the Shadow 2 door convertibles elicits many compliments. At the last car show I went to, in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery, as I was driving slowly and silently out amongst the tombstones, a startled lady pedestrian leaned over and said, "that's the most beautiful car I have ever seen". So among those of a certain age, (and brides), it is a big hit. It is very nice, very original, and full of challenges. The 1st series Shadows, built from 1966 to 1976 are very complex, with congested engine bays, which make them expensive to maintain. Deferred maintenance? Easily $7 to $10,000 to bring a car up to snuff, if its been neglected by the last owner. It's a truism among Rolls owners, that many people can afford to buy used Rolls, but not many can afford to drive one. The Rolls club is full of, helpful people and has great tech seminars. What other club has members working under a car on a lift in the parking lot? At one Annual Meeting, a seminar on 'How I kept my Shadow running for 100k miles" was well attended. Many club members are ever mindful of the legacy from the Henry Royce days and are intent on perpetuating "the triumph of workmanship over engineering". And they are great cars, even when occasionally they "fail to proceed"