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For Sale: 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in Carey, Illinois


Vehicle Description

This is a very interesting Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II that the previous owner elected to present in Bentley T2 format. All badges, wheel trim and mascot have been changed over to factory Bentley pieces. Purists may poo-poo this but rest assured, it is all reversible. We elected to leave as is, because we find it interesting! If this was a genuine T2 LWB their sheer rarity, with only 10 manufactured (representing 0.03% of all Shadows made), would stratosphere the value to well over $100,000! Finished in Garnet (non-metallic rich plum) with a biscuit tan Everflex top to match the biscuit tan Connolly leather interior. Besides the badging, it is primarily an all original presenting Silver Wraith II right down to its Blaupunkt push-button radio and Pioneer 8-track player. She was recently gone-over by the Park-Ward Motor Museum - a nation-wide leader in Rolls-Royce restoration with over 35 years Rolls-Royce and Bentley experience. This Wraith II is very straight with all original paint. This is quite rare for these cars considering the paint would rarely go the distance. Although it is shiny and rather lustrous, as you can see in the photos, there are areas that have some crazing which a perfectionist would want to attend to*. In addition, there are signs of age to include chips, blemishes and signature cracking 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 craftsman 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 acceptable for driver use. Should you wish us to attend to the paint rectification, we would be happy to do so through our in-house paint shop. Otherwise, we have fairly priced the car on its current status. The Everflex top presents well but there is a blemish on the right A-pillar and a small section above the driver where somebody has repaired. Perfection would call for replacement but quite acceptable as-is for daily use. The fine lines were recently re-painted by hand because the original lines were showing wear thru from years of polishing (this confirms originality!). Carried out by a craftsman of the art, these were done on the waist-rails and hubcap beauty trim rings in accordance with Rolls-Royce factory methods. The interior of this car is superbly original finished in a rich biscuit tan with matching carpets. The Connolly leather is in excellent condition without ever having been redyed or leather replaced. Without any notable marks or blemishes it presents with a perfect amount patina as these cars should display. Please have a look at the photo link of the many close-ups of the leather. The dash is good with no leather pulling around the vents. The burl walnut wood finishes are entirely original and have NEVER been redone. They are very nice. 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. These are quite acceptable with only the odd mark, more notable on the driver's door. The rear doors are almost perfect and the dash pieces very nice. 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 cosseted ownership. All glass, chrome and bright work are excellent. All lights, instruments, features and functions are in working order. Mechanically, the car has been subject to the 40 year service and restoration experience of the Park-Ward Motor Museum's private workshop and

Vehicle Details

  • 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
  • Listing ID:CC-1306684
  • Price:$33,500
  • Location:Carey, Illinois
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Silver Shadow
  • Exterior Color:Garnet (non-metallic)
  • Interior Color:Biscuit tan Connolly leather hides
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:43050
  • Stock Number:LRG-034606
  • VIN:LRG-034606