1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
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Classic Car Overview
This LWB Silver Shadow is the actual car featured in the Shouldnt your second car be a Rolls-Royce? advert of 1973.
This LWB sedan was the personal car of esteemed and well-known Rolls-Royce restorer, Mr Simon Curzon, the owner and operator of Zenith Motor Cars of Missouri whose work in any classic Rolls-Royce, especially Silver Cloud, ranks amongst the best in the world. Many, not just a few, of Mr Curzons cars have won multiple awards within the RROC to include Best in Class and Best in Show. This Silver Shadow was pampered in the same manner that Zenith Motors does with all its cars and, as such, has not only won these awards on first submission but the Royce Memorial award. This is achievement is considered a Triple Crown which, we believe, is the first and only time this has happened with a Silver Shadow in the history of the RROC. This coveted award status says almost everything one needs to know about the quality and condition of this motorcar.
An amazing aspect of this Silver Shadow is she is cosmetically, pretty much factory original in every respect. Most of the paint is original and what you see is in incredible condition. To explain; many all original paint cars also carry notable imperfections from years of polishing (thin paint) and then the ever-so-typical lead wiping cracks at the major body panel joints (A & C pillars and front head light upper brows). These are accepted as a fact of life when it comes to Rolls-Royce motor cars built in the 60s through to late 70s. That said, with this example, it is truly amazing how well the paint has held up. Yes, there are imperfections but ever so minimal considering what is typical. The only paint that has been done to her, we believe, was factory post-manufacture touch-up or possible dealer repair on the 2 rear quarters/doors. This is evidenced in the cars build-sheets. You can see in the photos a slight mis-match. Given the originality of the car and its history, we do NOT recommend repainting. We can do so for you, and in a way that you will not pick it but we highly recommend keeping her as-is. Rest assured, whatever is your preference, the paint presents beautifully, as does the whole exterior.
And, it doesnt stop there. The entire interior is also in equally beautiful condition. The Champagne Vaumol hides, unique to Connolly and Rolls-Royce of the era, is entirely factory original, is perfectly patinad and rest assured, supple soft!
The rest of the interior is equally beautiful. Excellent head-liner with carpets like new including those in the boot. Look at the photos of underneath the boot carpet and you will appreciate just how clean this car is. The African burl walnut wood throughout the interior is excellent. And, with the beauty of only the best of burl walnut, the grain in this Silver Shadow displays a very intense grain and colour. From rich yellow ochres to rich reds and browns. It is truly stunning.
Door panels, interior chrome work, gauges and instruments are all in very fine condition.
Mechanically, the car is absolutely outstanding. Under the care of Mr Curzon, everything needing doing has been done and maintained rigorously, with all the hydraulics/braking system reviewed and working well and as it should. Have a look at the picture of how perfect the engine bay presents. The engine truly purrs and gear-change is smooth and quiet. The car is very spritely in power which is a good sign of a well cared for and good condition motor. And the underside, besides being entirely rust and scale
- Classic Car ID101879732
- Stock NumberLRB015056
- Body StyleN/A
- Mileage23,300 miles
- EngineV8 6.7L
- TransmissionAutomatic 3-Speed
- Exterior ColorCoffee Bean Brown
- Interior ColorChampagne Connolly hides
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