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1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow






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V8 6.7L
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Interior Color
Tan Connolly Hides
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This is a very fine Silver Shadow II finished in Champagne (light cream-butter yellow non-metallic) with dark umber fine-lines on the waistline and hubcap trim rings. The interior is finished in factory original, un-touched biscuit Connolly hide leather. This combination is rarely seen on Shadow IIs in the US. This is a very clean and original example that appears to have been well cared for over her years. She is pretty much mostly original with no modifications. She even has her original Blaupunkt blue-dot push button radio. A nice genuine touch. The body is straight and paint very shiny and consistent. Much of the paint is original finish, which is quite rare and will please the enthusiasts. Of course, because of the predominantly factory paint, the car does have some of the signature hair-lines at the base of the “A” & “C” pillars (Rolls-Royce used the “lead-wiping” technique for joining body panels. With the different expansion and contraction rates of lead vs steel, this caused the paint to fracture and so paint stress marks at these points occurred on every single Silver Shadow). These are relatively minor. She also shows some “porcelain crazing” at the top of the front and rear wings. But overall, the car is minor on other blemishes and marks so presents well - certainly above average for a Rolls-Royce of this age. As a daily driver, the paint presents well. The imperfections are pointed out as part of clear disclosure and so rest assured they are not eye catching. The interior presents stunningly, very clean and fresh with the leather in an excellent state. Importantly, and rare to see today, the Connolly hides have NEVER been re-dyed. This is something quite unique as usually the leather after this many years can become quite soiled. This is the best testament for the car being a low-mileage and well-cared for example. The leather is not only "clean" but remains super supple (as demonstrated in photos doing the "scrunch" test). What is the best part about virgin Connolly hides is the original "toning" effect of the Vaumol hide is preserved. To explain, Connolly used a technique whereby the leather was surface dyed and then treated with a hand-rubbed darker toning that captures the natural pores and grain of the leather - a mild version of the antique look on a chesterfield couch. I have included close-up photos so you can see this toned grain look which is referred to as Luxan grain. In re-dyed leather, this magnificent trait of Connolly Vaumol hides is lost. Not so, in this lovely example. The wood on this Shadow II is also very good. A couple of minor hair-line fractures are totally welcomed with the knowledge that the finish is totally factory original. Further testament of a well-kept example. Further bonuses include; dash roll in excellent condition with no leather pulling at the vents, very clean broad-cloth headlining and the signature Wilton wool carpets in excellent shape still displaying factory issue mouton rug over-lays in the front. All features, gauges, instruments and electrics work well. All interior lights and dash lights are all fully working. Heater and air-conditioning are fully functional. These are all thoroughly gone thru by Park-Ward. For example, we service all the windows to ensure smooth and swift up and down movement (windows often get very slow on Silver Shadows). The 42,000 odd miles, although not verifiable by documentation, is evident when you look closely at the various finishes. For example, the chrome and bright-work around the car is excellent. The brake pedal has minimal wear. As you would expect from a car of this mileage that has been well maintained, it comes with its original manual, tools and jack. Mechanically this Silver Shadow II is strong. The car came to us from long term storage and is subject to Park-Ward Motors’ “Predelivery Commissioning” program whereby all aspects of the car are gone through to ensure correct performance and all ser

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