Lot 704: 1977 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II Saloon
Power assisted rack-and-pinion steering, split-level air conditioning and a completely revised dashboard and control layout were just some of the many improvements introduced on the Silver Shadow II range in 1977, the V8 engine already having undergone enlargement to 6,750cc in 1970. To satisfy the chauffeur driven market, a long-wheelbase version, available with or without division, had been introduced in 1969, this lengthened Shadow being christened ‘Silver Wraith II’ on the introduction of the ‘II’ range. A separate chassis having been abandoned, construction of the long-wheelbase Shadow was entrusted to Rolls-Royce’s in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd, the required stretch being achieved by cutting a standard bodyshell in half and welding in panels. In keeping with the ‘formal’ tradition, the ’Wraith II came with a reduced-size, limousine-style rear window for greater privacy. Although ideally suited to ‘official’ duties and other formal work, the Silver Wraith appealed equally to owner-drivers and their families, who appreciated the increased roominess, particularly over long journeys. A total of 2,144 had been produced by 1980 when the model was replaced.
This ‘division-less’ Silver Wraith II was first owned by Mitsubishi Cars in Oxfordshire and used to collect Japanese visitors from the airport, hence the rear seatbelts (fitted from new) and footrests. Purchased by the vendor on 4th September 1980, this original, accident-free car has been in the current family ownership ever since and has covered 124,700 miles from new. We are advised that the vehicle underwent substantial mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment at marque specialists Hadley Green Garage, of Barnet, Hertfordshire in September 1998 at a cost of £9,869, which included completely renovating the interior. Not used since, the car is finished in Peacock Blue with black Everflex roof and blue leather upholstery, the car is offered with service schedules and record book (last entry 2/07/1984), current road fund licence and MoT to October 2008.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£6325|
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