This is a really beautiful combination Silver Shadow II finished in “Old Ivory” white with hand-painted fine lines in burgundy to the waist-lines and the hubcap beauty rings. The Connolly interior is finished in rich burgundy with off-white piping and matching floor rugs in the same theme.
It is a stunning example that was lightly restored some 6 years ago by Park-Ward Motors – a leader in Rolls-Royce restoration with over 30 years Rolls-Royce and Bentley experience. Indeed; “Masters of the Art”. It has travelled only some 3,000 miles since.
The body on this Shadow II is exceptionally straight and the paint is in excellent presentation and condition. It is consistent, very shiny and deep lustered and has only the most slight little scratches and chips – as you might expect on a 5-10 year old car. The fine lines were hand-painted by a craftsman of the art and these were done on the waist-rails and hubcap beauty trim rings in accordance with Rolls-Royce factory recommendations. The car actually presents even nicer in real-life than it does in the photographs – the photos tend to down-play the colour combination but the Old Ivory with the burgundy and cream interior is really something elegant – it truly is a very elegant and tastefully presented example. (see comparison photo below between this “ivory” white versus bright white – this is what makes this Silver Shadow very elegant)
The burl walnut wood finishes were redone at considerable cost by Park-Ward’s Rolls-Royce wood restoration experts and they present in excellent original RR condition. The finish has no less than 25 coats of clear lacquer, each hand-rubbed between coats. Thanks to the grace of Mother Nature, the grain of the burl is very rich and intense and with its mirror finish is deep and inviting. The finish can only be best appreciated in real-life by “touch and feel”.
The leather is in good condition throughout – beautiful patina, with only minor marks and blemishes. It is finished in rich burgundy with a cream or “off-white” piping. The carpets are the same theme. The leather was re-Connollised (a detailed hand-finish process which ensures an original finish and presentation) 3 years ago and still presents very well – nothing is out of place and the interior presents brilliantly. Please have a look at the photo link of the many close-ups of the leather. The dash is good with minimal leather pulling around the vents. The head-liner and rear parcel shelf are excellent.
All glass, chrome and bright work are excellent. All lights, instruments, features and functions are in working order. At the time of restoration, the owner requested the option of “heated seats”, something not otherwise available on the Silver Shadow series. Park-Ward Motors installed these in a very discrete factory-style manner keeping the original look.
Mechanically, she is a regularly maintained example with all services up to date and recently thoroughly checked with anything requiring attention repaired and/or replaced as needed. The recent owner was very fussy and even though we know “all Rolls-Royces leak oil” he spent considerable money changing all seals and gaskets resulting in what is, most likely, the driest Rolls-Royce in the country! Everything is functioning as it should including hydraulics & brakes – bled and pressure tested with various parts replaced/over-hauled (reservoir, pumps, accumulator, hoses etc). All electrics; seats, windows, gauges and instruments work well. The climate control is in good order with the heater nice and hot and the air conditioning blowing icy cold. Everything is original so it is to OEM Rolls-Royce standard without modification. New whitewall tires were fitted all-round and although they are now 6 years old they are in good condition and currently sport 90+% of their new-tyre tread.
The car has NOT been “tarted-up” but professionally restored with all aspects attended to correctly and with pride and passion by craftsmen in all aspects Rolls-Royce. It has been completely workshop inspected and mechanically over-hauled where required. Even the stainless and bright-work were completely removed and hand-polished off the vehicle and again when re-assembled and mounted. This Silver Shadow II was a west coast car most of its life and then spent some 8 years in storage in Arizona. It was purchased by a Californian enthusiast following her detailed restoration. The car has only been driven on special occasions and has never seen snow and salty roads.
The car is an extremely beautiful presenting example that is well in advance of any Silver Shadow II and is in excellent driver condition. It easily ranks a 9 1/2 out of 10.
Barrington, Illinois, United States