For Sale: 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in Carey, Illinois

Vehicle Description

H ere is a really fine and original example of a last-of-the-series Silver Wraith II. Finished in 2-tone Silver Sand over Athenian Blue with Royal blue fine lines to the waist-rails and matching Everflex vinyl top. The interior has handsome light tan (beige) Connolly hides with Royal Blue piping and Wilton carpets in the reverse theme. The same Royal blue and light tan theme carries through to the boot. This is an unmolested original example that has been nicely maintained by 2 owners since new and presents in excellent condition. It is primarily all original with no modifications - from the paint, right down to the original Blaupunkt push button radio and separate cassette player. This was a west coast car, owned by its first owner for over 30 years, so it is a "dry" car that has had a private collection museum environment for most of that time. It was owned by a Canadian enthusiast since then and has never been used outside of sunny, summer weather driving. As a result, it has been freed from the perils of harsh weather and is very clean underneath. It has always been well maintained and serviced by authorized Rolls-Royce agents and comes with its original manual. The body on this Wraith II is very straight and the paint is shiny and lustrous. The car still sports 90% of its original paint (top half completely factory original), which is really quite amazing given that Rolls-Royce used a single stage paint process that generally did not "go the distance". To wit, most Rolls-Royces of this era have all been repainted. For this one to be original paint and still remain shiny is a testament to its careful ownership. It could only have been stored in a climate controlled environment when not is use for it to be this nice. And, to follow, there can be no doubt the low mileage on this car is original. When you look down the sides of the car, they are very straight and true. The paint presents beautifully with only the most minor little mark here and there from use but consistent with a low-mileage car. Certainly, it needs nothing other than a wax from time to time. The Everflex vinyl top, standard fitment on all Wraith IIs, is also original and overall good condition with only minor blemishes. All original Eveflex tops had a very subtle padding to the mid-section and this one displays this original touch. The interior of this Wraith II looks close to perfect. The light tan and blue piped Connolly hide leather is 100% original from the factory. It has never been re-dyed and is in absolutely outstanding condition with no tears nor fading and very supple and soft - true to its Connolly characteristics. The leather really has been lovingly preserved and has theta beautiful deep graining look. A great welcome with true original leather is the colour characteristics of a special technique used by Connolly for Rolls-Royce leather known as "Vaumol" hides. If you look at the pictures of the interior, there are some close-up shots that clearly show the colour is not just plain light tan, but with a "burnished" tone to the leather. This is known as "Luxan Grain" and is unique to Connolly Vaumol hides. You can see the beige tan base and then in the fine natural grain and folds of the leather is a darker tone. This natural quasi "antique" leather look (like a Chesterfield couch) was achieved by the hand rubbing Connollising technique that made this leather so famous and for which its name now describes the correct procedure for refinishing leather - "Connollising". Leather that has been re-dyed by typical methods is "mono-toned" featuring only the 1 primary colour. As such, it lacks depth and richness that unrestored Connolly hide has to offer. This Wraith II leather is simply darling with only the most minimal and correct amount of patina. You may have read this comment in my other listings; the deep Luxan grain look is supposed to look as it does. If you think it looks dirty or soiled then, respectfully, you are not grasping the ver

Vehicle Details

  • 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
  • Listing ID:CC-1535951
  • Price:$55,000
  • Location:Carey, Illinois
  • Year:1980
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Silver Shadow
  • Exterior Color:2-tone Silver Sand over Athenian blue
  • Interior Color:Beige Connolly hides with drk blue accents & rugs
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:35500
  • Stock Number:LRL-039349
  • VIN:LRL-039349

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Park-Ward Motors
209 Cleveland Street
Carey, IL 60013
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