Lot 435: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé
The motor industry's almost wholesale switch to unitary construction and, in particular, Rolls-Royce's adoption of the method for building its new Silver Shadow, meant that by the mid-1960s the market for traditional coachbuilt automobiles had been severely curtailed. Of the many hundreds of firms trading pre-war, just two - James Young and the now combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd - were left to meet the demand for a coachbuilt Rolls-Royce or Bentley, though these might be more accurately termed conversions rather than 100 percent bespoke creations. Recalling its glamorous Grands Routiers of pre-war days such as the Phantom II Continental, Rolls-Royce's final coachbuilt models - entrusted to the company's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward - were limited to just two, a two-door coupé or similar convertible, the former arriving in March 1966 and the latter in September the following year. The cars were hand built in the best traditions of British coachbuilding using only materials of the finest quality, including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hide and burr walnut veneers, a necessarily lengthy process that took all of 20 weeks for the saloon and slightly longer for the more complex convertible. This painstaking attention to detail resulted in a price some 50% higher than the standard Silver Shadow's. Nevertheless, demand for these more glamorous alternatives to the much more numerous Silver Shadow was strong right from the start, a state of affairs that resulted in them being given their own model name - 'Corniche'- in March 1971. This Silver Shadow Coupé was delivered new to Mr Clifford Coombs, the then chairman of Birmingham City Football Club, and first registered 'CC 62'. Accompanying number plates are for the registration mark 'WGC 1F' and we are advised that a Swansea V5C document has been applied for. Acquired from the sale of a deceased's estate, the car is believed complete with the exception of the window motors, although prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves with regard to its completeness or otherwise prior to bidding. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with R-REC chassis records.
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Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
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