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

Vehicle Description

This is an all together, but somewhat untidy exterior, Silver Wraith II ("LWB") finished in 2-tone Silver Sand over Walnut (both metallics) with chocolate Connolly hide leather contrasted by cream seat piping accents and floor rugs. The Silver Wraith II is the long wheel base version of the Silver Shadow II. Easily identified by the smaller rear window (opera window), it is 4" longer in the rear door. This provides a noticeable increase in rear passenger space. This is the 6.75 litre V8 developed and built by Rolls-Royce. This is a low-mileage example that would have been a very nice car but for the fact it was poorly stored for a good amount of years so the paint has suffered accordingly. The main interior of the car, however, is in exemplary condition for its age and I will cover below. The paint is predominantly original, showing fade, buff-through, discolouration and small nicks and bumps. The body is rather straight however, with no signs of accident damage and only very minor rust spots in a couple of unseen corners. This makes the car a perfect example for a quality repaint - which it needs. From a distance it does present shiny as-is and if you wanted just a "decent driver", you could get away with perhaps repainting the top-half Silver Sand colour only, however we believe the car is more deserving than this. The underside is surprisingly clean and rust free. All long wheel base cars came with an Everflex vinyl top as standard fitment. This one has had it removed and the roof repainted. Some like this look but we believe a replacement Everflex top in beige or brown is what should be done. The bright-work to include chrome and stainless steel are all in fine condition and present nicely. There are no issues with the grill, mascot and all the hubcaps are in good shape. The interior is quite a different story. It is actually rather excellent compared to the exterior. The leather is all 100% original Rolls-Royce Connolly hide and in amazingly wonderful condition that remains soft and supple without any cracks or tears. It has never been redyed and looks gorgeous. The floor carpets are also in top condition. Being the light beige colour, you might expect them to be all grubbied up but they are not. The driver side carpet was replaced for some reason but all the remaining is excellent. The boot carpet in the same beige with chocolate leather piping is amazingly good condition as well! The broad cloth headliner is in excellent condition without tears, wear or any unsightly stains. The burl walnut wood on the dash is showing imperfections with the door wood clear-coat peeling most notably on the 2 front doors. The rear doors are of acceptable driver quality as is the dash. Whereas it always recommended one finishes all the wood, you might get away with just refinishing the front door cappings only. The rear parcel shelf is in poor condition with the fabric sun-rotted. The interior is all original right down to the Blaupunkt push-button radio and Pioneer 8-track system. All operational features will need to be gone through and serviced; electric windows, seats, AC, heater, central locking etc. Mechanically, she will need a bunch of work having sat for so long without maintenance. This is simply the "nature of the beast" with any service neglected Rolls-Royce motorcar. We have not reviewed her in detail other than added new gas and fire her up. She does start, idles, runs, drives and stops ..... but only within our car-park. Tyres have decent tread but are all old and in need of replacement. It appears someone has done some brake work but really only to the point to give her some stopping power. All of this MUST be gone through given she has sat without proper maintenance for so long. Please be clear of this. For those budget minded buyers, please; .... do not think as soon as you receive her, you can drive your loved one out to dinner in her. She will only start and stop for trailer loading and unloa

Vehicle Details

  • 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
  • Listing ID:CC-1550241
  • Price:$18,900
  • Location:Carey, Illinois
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Silver Shadow
  • Exterior Color:2-tone Silver Sand over Walnut (metallics)
  • Interior Color:Chocolate Connolly hides with beige accents
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:38500
  • Stock Number:LRG-034761
  • VIN:LRG-034761

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Park-Ward Motors
209 Cleveland Street
Carey, IL 60013
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