For Sale: 1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in Carey, Illinois


Vehicle Description

This is a very beautiful presenting 2 owner Silver Shadow claiming an original low 31,000 miles. She is stunningly finished in “Cardinal Red” with tan Connolly hide interior with matching floor rugs. The car is finished with hand-painted tan fine-lines in gold on the body waist-line. The color is a stunning combination with the Cardinal Red presenting as a mid Bordeaux under typical light but then transforms into a deep burgundy hue in lower light and at night time, giving the car a very formal look. The light tan leather sets the interior off perfectly. The body on the car is straight and the paint is very nice. It has been a Western USA car its entire life. It was professionally repainted in the last 10 years so it presents very well. Other than the odd little blemish here and there the paint is wonderful. Completely consistent, high in luster and without signs of over-spray on externally fitted parts. For those wondering why such a low mileage car would have been repainted, it is important to understand the paint technology used back in the 70's by Rolls-Royce was such that the paint would chemically break-down over time no matter how well the car was maintained. It is very rare to find an original paint Silver Shadow that is still shiny and blemish free. The interior of the car is in stunning condition with virtually perfect original Connolly hide leather. The leather has never been re-dyed or repaired - all original. Excellent testament to its relatively low mileage (any lines you may see in the photos are the “natural” creases in the leather – for some reason, they are accentuated in the photos whereas in real life the seats present with welcoming patina that is just gorgeous). Please have a look at the close-up photos where you can see the original factory "grains" unique to Connolly leather. The leather is also soft and supple. When we received the car, the interior wood was good but starting to show very small signs of lacquer delamination which would have only continued further so, given how excellent the car looks, we elected to refinish. The process undertaken by us is in accordance with the same factory methods involving up to 20 coats of clear lacquer, systematically wet-sanded between coats to achieve a flat and glass like finish. Have a look at the close up photos and you will see just how stunning the wood is. The actual wood in this example is African Burl Walnut on Mahogany and the rich ochre tones are simply delicious. The deep grain and glossy finish of the rich knots combined with the warm tan interior against the rich regal burgundy exterior make her even more inviting. Overall it is like new and smells like it too. The carpets in the car were changed at some time (not sure why but look great) and also comes with a brand new set of Rolls-Royce lambswool mouton rugs. All interior feature and functions are fully operational including all electrics – seats, windows, gauges, clock etc. The A/C blows icy cold and heater working well. Everything is also clean and crisp. It has its original push-button radio and factory installed 8-track cassette – not many left these days. The chrome & bright work is in good shape without any pitting & the rubber around the car is good. Mechanically, the car is in superior condition & the presentation under the bonnet & under carriage clearly shows that. It has not been “done-up” for sale but maintained in original condition. All hydraulics & brakes have been inspected and tested, working well. Exhaust is good. The car has been fully work-shop inspected. The car is fitted with a set of Michelin XH whitewall tires. As much as these present well with plenty of tread & are great for "showing" the car because of their period correctness, I would recommend replacement if highway and/or long range touring is contemplated. For local pottering around, they are fine. The car comes with the correct jack, tools & operating manual. This is a 10 out of 10 driver! www.p

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-779262
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Silver Shadow
  • Exterior Color:Cardinal Red (burgundy)
  • Interior Color:light tan
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:31000
  • Stock Number:SRB-017091
  • VIN:SRB-017091