1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
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Classic Car Overview
This is an unmolested example that has been beautifully maintained and presents in excellent condition. This was a Texan example all its life but the last 5 years, so it is a dry car that has had a garaged environment. As a result, it has been freed from the perils of harsh weather and is very clean underneath. The car was then owned by one of our best clients, a collector who displayed it in his own private museum space and driven only in clean dry conditions. We know its history well, always being maintained and serviced on a regular and as needed basis. It comes with its original manual.
The Silver Shadow II presented here has been recently fully work-shop inspected with all work needed carried out. Important costly items such as the hydraulics and brakes have been fully inspected and serviced as required. This included brake pumps, accumulators, calipers, all brake hoses and then final system pressure tested and bled. Everything mechanical and operational has been gone thru. It is ready to drive and enjoy. The odometer shows a low 61,000 miles and although this is not verifiable, the mileage is commensurate with the condition (particularly when you look at the condition of the leather, wood, brake pedal etc). It is very quiet and smooth on the road without any of the typical thumps and rattles typical of poor (or even averagely) maintained examples of this model.
The interior of this Shadow is sensational. The biscuit tan Connolly hide leather presents all original from the factory. It has never been re-dyed and is in absolutely outstanding condition with no tears nor fading and very supple and soft true to its Connolly characteristics. The leather really has been lovingly preserved. A great welcome with true original leather is the colour characteristics. If you look at the pictures of the interior, there are some close up shots that clearly show the colour is not just plain light tan, but with a burnished tone to the leather. You can see the biscuit tan base and then in the fine natural grain of the leather is a darker tone. This is unique to Connolly leather and is known as Vaumol Luxan grain . This natural quasi antique leather look (like a Chesterfield couch) was achieved by the hand rubbing Connollising technique that made this leather so famous and for which its name now describes the correct procedure for refinishing leather Connollising . Leather that has been re-dyed by typical methods is mono-toned featuring only the 1 primary colour. As such, it lacks depth and richness that unrestored Connolly hide has to offer.
A new Blaupunkt stereo system has been added with blue tooth and auxiliary inputs. Brand new high quality speakers have been discretely fitted throughout.
The burr walnut wood throughout the car is very good. They are also completely original and have not been redone, The dash is excellent but there are some minor imperfections via seat belt chips on the driver door capping and lacquer cracking on right rear door. Notwithstanding these flaws, we believe originally outweighs refinishing and for a 44 year old Rolls-Royce they are gorgeous and should be left to be preserved. The colour is deep, the grain rich and the finish smooth.
The head lining is brand new and correct Rolls-Royce Broad cloth wool. It was only redone because of a 1" tear above the rear passenger area. It is now, of course, perfect. The carpets are in good condition. Likewise is the leather finishes to the dash and top-roll. The boot (trunk) carpet with the same biscuit tan finish is in excellent condition
- Classic Car ID101871830
- Stock NumberSRK-036549
- Body StyleN/A
- Mileage61,300 miles
- EngineRolls-Royce 6.75 litre V8
- TransmissionAutomatic 3-Speed
- Exterior ColorBlack
- Interior ColorBiscuit tan Connolly Vaumol hides
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