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Lot 404: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Saloon

Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (19 June 2010)

To most people, a Rolls-Royce is the ultimate status symbol: you can aspire to nothing higher. Until you drive or even ride in one, it is difficult to appreciate how much lies behind the name. There are quieter cars, there are quicker cars but none cossets its occupants in quite the same manner, none insulates them from the outside world quite so effectively, to the point where rush-hour traffic jams, inclement weather and the other irritations of day-to-day living no longer seem to matter. On top of all this is the immeasurable pleasure offered by sheer unadulterated luxury of the sort that stems only from the use of the very best materials by the very best craftsmen. That is what the Silver Shadow is about.' - Motor. Almost a quarter of a century after the last example left the Crewe factory, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - one of this illustrious British company's most successful models ever - remains an imposing and highly desirable motor car. Incorporating all the 'Series II' improvements, the most significant of which were power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and split-level air conditioning, that offered here is a very good example of the marque. The vendor advises us that the Shadow II was sold new to a gentleman farmer, who covered only 10,000-or-so miles in five years and had the car serviced routinely at the Rolls-Royce factory. It was then sold to a wealthy Texan and treated to a full factory service before being taken on a tour of Europe, at the conclusion of which it was shipped to the USA aboard the QE2. While in the USA the Rolls-Royce was serviced by a marque specialist in Houston, Texas and returned to this country in 2005, reportedly in rust-free condition. A cosmetic and mechanical restoration (of the running gear) was then undertaken and since its completion the car has covered only 500-or-so miles. We are advised that a speedometer was replaced with a used one in 2005 and that 7,122 should be added to the current total to obtain a true indication of miles covered (approximately 52,600). Finished in Brewster Green with cream leather interior, 'BRD 317T' is offered with MoT to June 2011, Swansea V5 registration document and a substantial file of history containing the original handbook and sales brochure plus sundry servicing and restoration receipts.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number404
Estimate£9000-£11000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9775
Year1979
Condition rating0
Registration numberBRD 317T
Mileage-
Chassis numberSRH37165
Engine number37165
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4