For Sale: 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in Carey, Illinois


Vehicle Description

This is a delightful combination Silver Shadow II finished in Champagne over Chestnut with hand-painted fine lines in black to the waist lines and the hubcap beauty rings. The Connolly interior is finished in light tan (cream) with nicely contrasting biscuit tan piping. The interior makes for a very elegant combination with the exterior. This is one of the last of the series of Silver Shadows and although a mid-western car has only been driven in good clean summer weather for as long as can be remembered. The underside is very clean and dry. She has been in climate control storage for the last few years. Rarely driven over the last 39-odd years, she sports a very modest 46,000 original presenting miles. It is primarily an original presenting Silver Shadow II that was recently lightly restored by the Park-Ward Motor Museum - a nation-wide leader in Rolls-Royce restoration with over 30 years Rolls-Royce and Bentley experience. This Shadow II is very straight with the paint in overall nice presentation. The paint is very original in presentation which is quite rare for these cars. It is not perfect and there are signs of age to include chips, blemishes, minor crazing and signature fractures in the lead-wiping areas of the car (Rolls-Royce used a process known as "lead-wiping" in which lead was used to join body panels as opposed to bondo. It was a true craftsmen process - lost in modern car manufacturing methods. With this art, came issues of the lead expanding and contracting at a different rate to the steel and aluminum on the car causing certain places of the overlying paint to stress crack. Literally, every Silver Shadow ever made now displays this symptom). So please do not expect perfection from a show car point of view but it is otherwise very nice for driver use. Certainly, she is very shiny with a deep and consistent lustre. The side protection mouldings are an aesthetic detraction but fortunately these are stick on and could be removed. The fine lines are excellent and present well. The burl walnut wood finishes are entirely original and have NEVER been redone. They are very nice with only some slight hair-line marks notable in the driver's door and parts of the dash. This is also very rare to see on a Rolls-Royce of this vintage as the RR finish was a very thick and deep lacquer which in mostly all cases, cracks and peels off after many years of seasonal temperature change. For this car to sport its original wood can only mean that it has been homed and/or stored under "constant" temperature which very clearly supports its garaged up-bringing. The Connolly leather is in excellent condition throughout without any notable marks or blemishes. It is finished in cream (a light tan) with subtle and very elegant contrasting piping in biscuit tan. This "connects" very well with the Champagne and Chestnut exterior combination. The carpets are a dark tan with the reverse piping theme of cream edging. Simply delightful. The leather has never been refinished in any way without the slightest application of dye. They are super soft and supple and carry with them an absolutely perfect amount of gently used patina. Please see the various photos showing the leather "scrunch test" and many close-ups of the leather. All the graining you see is that suppleness developed and brought to us only by good quality leather that Connolly is famous for. If you like perfect, new looking leather, let us know, as this car could easily be lightly Connollised by us in-house. But, to be frank, we love it the way it is. All glass, chrome and bright work are excellent. All lights, instruments, features and functions are in working order. The car has its original factory push-button Blaupunkt Radio, Pioneer 8-track cassette player and the further fitment of a factory correct Blaupunkt regular cassette player. Mechanically, the car has been subject to the 30 year service and restoration experience of the Park-Ward Motor Museu

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1057740
  • Price:$39,900
  • Location:Carey, Illinois
  • Year:1979
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Silver Shadow
  • Exterior Color:2-tone Champagne over Chestnut
  • Interior Color:Beige Connolly leather
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:46300
  • Stock Number:SRK-036257
  • VIN:SRK-036257