This is a very fine Silver Shadow II finished in 2-tone Shell grey (silver) over Peacock with dark blue fine-lines on the waistline and the opposite them on the hubcap trim rings. The interior is finished in Navy blue Connolly hides. This combination is rarely seen on Shadow IIs in the US.
This is a very clean and original example that has been well cared for by its 2 previous mature owners of some 30 odd years. It is totally original with no modifications. It even has it original Blaupunkt blue-dot push button radio and factory Pioneer tape deck in its original position. A nice genuine touch.
Mechanically this Silver Shadow II is strong. For the last few years it has been in the care of a Rolls-Royce enthusiast and, as you would expect, is a well maintained example. Under the care of the Park-Ward Motor museum, all our Rolls-Royces are fully work-shop tested including the all important hydraulics and braking system. These are overhauled where required; pumps, accumulators, reservoirs cleaned, lines & hoses replaced, calipers & pads inspected and system final pressure tested and bled. The level heights are correct. Transmission, engine ancillaries and exhaust are all inspected and the car road-tested for correct operation. The car drives very “tight” without any of the typical “rattles & thumps” typical of this model. The car is now all up to date on its services and EVERYTHING operating as it should.
The body is straight and paint shiny and consistent. Like most Silver Shadows, it was repainted at some stage (probably 10 years ago) in its original colour combination and looks good. The car does have some of the signature hair-lines at the base of the “A” & “C” pillars (Rolls-Royce used the “lead-wiping” technique for joining body panels. With the different expansion and contraction rates of lead vs steel, this caused the paint to fracture and so paint stress marks at these points occurred on every single Silver Shadow). Overall, the car is minor on other blemishes and marks so presents well – certainly above average for a Rolls-Royce of this age. As a daily driver, the paint presents as a 8 or 9 out-of-10. In some photos you will see some door edge guards. They were removed for subsequent shots. You will also see the hubcap beauty rings were repainted in close up shots. These were all redone by an artisan using the traditional squirrel brush hand-applied method.
The interior presents beautifully; very clean and fresh with the leather in an excellent state. It is the original factory leather and has only been mildly re-Connollised (a hand-rubbing process to restore colour) and is in fine condition without any noticeable wear and tear. The Connolly hide in this example is the Navy blue matches in nicely with the 2-tone exterior paint combination. The entire wood inside was recently redone by us and is simply stunning and to factory standards; dash, centre dash area, door cappings and vanity mirrors. This work alone is some $4,000. The burr walnut is rich and dark and presents with a glass-like finish with zero blemishes, of course. The dash roll is in good condition as is the head-liner and rear parcel shelf.
All features, gauges, instruments and electrics work well. All interior lights and dash lights are all fully working. Heater and air-conditioning are fully functional. These are all thoroughly gone thru by Park-Ward. For example, we service all the windows to ensure smooth and swift up and down movement (windows often get very slow on Silver Shadows).
The mileage, although not verifiable by documentation, is evident when you look closely at the various finishes. For example, the chrome and bright-work around the car is excellent. The brake pedal has minimal wear. This is a hard car to fault and drives very strong. As you would expect from a car of this mileage that has been well maintained, it comes with its original manual, tools and jack.
Location: Barrington, Illinois, United States
See listing: BEAUTIFUL 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II (from October 30, 2018)