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Lot 405: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon

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

Introduced to satisfy the chauffeur-driven market, the long-wheelbase variant of the Silver Shadow (know as the 'Formal Sedan' in the USA) first appeared in 1969, its arrival coinciding with the entire range's standardisation around the Federal Safety Regulations. A separate chassis having been dispensed with, construction was entrusted to Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd, which achieved the required stretch by cutting a standard bodyshell in half and welding in extender panels. In addition to the 4" wheelbase increase and lengthened rear doors, the long-wheelbase Shadow came with a discreetly smaller rear window, Everflex roof covering and, if ordered with limousine division, separate air conditioning for front and rear compartments. Although ideally suited to 'official' duties and other such formal work, the long-wheelbase 'Shadow appealed equally to owner-drivers and their families, who appreciated the increased roominess, particularly over long journeys. The model was renamed 'Silver Wraith II' on the introduction of the Shadow II range. This rare, late Silver Shadow with electric division was initially sold for export to Singapore having been built to right-hand drive, UK market specification (initially with 'km/h' speedometer) for its first owner, Mr Hendra Rahardja, of Cornwall Gardens, London SW7. At the time of registration in 1977 it cost almost as much as two standard Silver Shadow saloons. Since its return to the UK circa 2003, the car has been subject to a comprehensive restoration and maintenance program, costing over �30,000, carried out by recognised marque specialists such as Royce Service & Engineering in Surrey and Royce Motor Services in Gloucestershire (see receipts on file). This work has included an engine rebuild; hydraulic system overhaul; refurbishment of the coachwork, structural parts, floor pan, etc; installing a new air conditioning system; and fitting new springs, shock absorbers and a Harvey Bailey handling kit. In addition, all the interior woodwork was refinished to a high standard and the piped leather interior professionally re-Connollised, while a modern Alpine in-car entertainment system has been installed in both front and rear compartments. Serviced less than a year/1,500 miles ago by CD Carriage, 'PHU 734R' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a well maintained, low mileage (48,000) example of one of the most exclusive Silver Shadow derivatives. The car is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2010 and Swansea V5. A defective offside rear door lock is the only notified fault.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number405
Estimate£12000-£15000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£14000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£16100
Year1976
Condition rating0
Registration numberPHU 734R
Mileage-
Chassis numberLRH26543
Engine number26543
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4