This is a spectacular presenting, low mileage and excellent condition Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base ("LWB") finished in the very regal combination of Garnet with beige Connolly Vaumol hides and matching Wilton wool carpets. It has a craftsman hand-painted single gold fine line to the waistlines and hubcap beauty trim rings. It is formalised with a black Everflex top. The colour combination is rare and is very formal in its presentation.
The car had been in the hands of its original owner for most of its life having been care-taken in more recent years by a well-known Rolls-Royce collector and enthusiast who hardly used it and simply admired it. When we received the car, it was in very original, good condition and only showing modest signs of a Silver Shadow now due for a light restoration. Such a nice example that we decided to do a deserving restoration to her.
The exterior of the car was entirely straight, no dents nor previous repair and totally rust free with the underside clean and tidy. The paint was 100% original but unfortunately had the odd mark on each panel (fade spots and buff-through marks) so a complete re-paint in the original factory colour was undertaken by Park-Ward. It is now truly flawless without a single mark or blemish. A high-end job at a cost of some $20,000 it is entirely consistent in colour, finish and lustre - truly lovely - and the combination simply OUTSTANDING. The exterior of the car presents absolutely beautifully with all finishes, rubbers, glass, bright-work, hub-caps and the chrome in excellent condition. As part of the reconditioning process we removed all the bright-work and machined buffed every individual piece. This was followed by hand polishing and meticulous cleaning prior to re-fitment. It looks like new. Inside door edges and jams are incredibly clean and tidy without unsightly overspray or any signs of restoration.
The fine lines on the car were applied in the same manner as Rolls-Royce has done so to all its cars for many years; a trained craftsmen with a good eye and steady hand. With only the best squirrel hair brush the striping is applied entirely free-hand in one elegant stroke at a time. Even the lines on the hub-cap beauty rings are applied without guiding tools and relies only upon the eye and hand of the craftsman.
The Everflex vinyl top in black is its original fitment and is in amazing condition without any blemishes, fading or "drying".
The interior of the car is all original and in excellent condition. The leather remains soft and supple and is the factory original Connolly Vaumol hide leather. It is without any tears or unsightly wear marks and displays the original Vaumol grain, something that cannot be retained correctly when redyed. A good indicator of a low mileage Silver Shadow that has been rarely used. For those who do not know, Vaumol hide was a special leather developed by Connolly Brothers that was not just plain color dyed, but has a deep darker toner rubbed into the leather to enrich the grain and natural pores of the leather. This was done when the leather was still in hide form. This gives the leather the rich antique look you see - a bit like an old Chesterfield couch. Strangely, some people look at the leather and think it is dirty, it is not!. This is the antique look that Rolls-Royce was seeking, and they achieved it very well. If you are the sort of person that likes crisp, un-marked, one-colour leather like that in a new Lexus, we suggest you buy one of those. The Vaumol hides in this car exudes all the patina that is so perfectly suited to the Silver Shadow. (See the many close up photos of this car's amazing condition Vaumol hides).
Door panels, hood-lining, interior chrome-work, gauges and instruments are all in very fine condition. The carpets are the original Wilton pure wool. The dash pad and the rear parcel shelf are perfect.
The African burl walnut wood throughout is also completely original. Although not perfect wit