Stunning Condition – Detailed restoration to Show standard!
This is a truly magnificent Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Completely restored by Park-Ward Motors and presents in pinnacle condition of the marque. Finished in 2-tone Black over burgundy with deep red Connolly hide interior. Hand painted fine-lines using the traditional dying art of brush-painted pin-striping to the waist-rails and hubcap beauty rings.
This Silver Shadow is simply stunning in all respects and it is as best you might expect for a 50 year old Rolls-Royce. It is that nice!
This car was a bespoke build for one of our clients.
What we did:
Paint – When bought by us the car was very straight and sported its original paint, albeit faded and beginning to peel. The car was entirely stripped to a rolling shell. Doors, bonnet and boot off, no chrome, no fittings, no glass, no rubbers. The paint was stripped back using chemical stripping agents and then hand-sanded to its fundamental metal finish. There was minimal bodywork as the car was very straight and entirely rust free to commence with. When repainted, it was done so in Dulux 2 stage clear over base with no less than 4 coats of clear. When the car was reassembled, all new window rubbers, moulding rubbers, new lights, lenses were used and most clips, fasteners and screws replaced for factory new ones.
Interior – The leather seats were in good condition when we received the car so we simply put them thru our hand-finishing re-Connollising process. Almost everything else inside the car was renewed or refurbished. If renewed, it was all done utilising genuine Rolls-Royce quality finishes and materials. The headlining was replaced using pure wool broad-cloth imported from the UK. Various sectioning of carpets were renewed. Hand-made utilising genuine imported English Wilton wool, with original specification Connolly leather edge binding, individually hand operated machine-stitched in accordance with original factory Rolls-Royce standards. All the wood inside the car was stripped, correctly stained in the right places and refinished with no less than 25 coats of clear lacquer, each hand-rubbed between coats to provide a final finish like glass. This included the front and rear window surrounds in addition to the 4 doors, dash, console and rear vanity mirrors. Every single switch, gauge, button and feature was disassembled, cleaned, polished and refitted. The interior is virtually perfect and its only down-side might be the fear to sit in it!
Almost everything on the car was done to factory and original look with the exception of one feature. The owner wanted something signature to him and his passion within the textile trade. To this end, the headliner was done in a plaid wool that is one of his fabric lines. It compliments well with the car and is very dramatic. We understand, of course, it may not suit the tastes of all buyers (or some of the purists) so rest assured, this can be changed by us if desired. It sure it an interesting talking-point as is!
Mechanically – Not a single stone left un-turned. Upon commencement, the engine was compression and leak down tested with good results. With a good base, basically everything was either overhauled, replaced, serviced or inspected and tested at the least.
Brakes & hydraulics – The system is quite literally, completely overhauled. Both brake pumps, pressure valves rebuilt and fitted new accumulators with original “Safety Tags”. Various steel brake lines and all flexible rubber hoses replaced (x 15 in total) for factory Crewe hoses.
New brake rotors and all 6 calipers totally rebuilt with new pads and repainted to factory finish. Every single hydraulic suspension part was rebuilt; T-valves, restrictors, height control valves and solenoid.
Carburettors were overhauled and tuned, new filters hoses fitted. The fuel pump was a factory “new/old” stock correct dual pump fitted. Water pump rebuilt with factory bulletin updates. New fan belts, hoses and lines for cooling, vacuum and fuel.
Exhaust – Brand new composite steel factory correct mufflers were fitted.
Under the hood, she was modestly detailed with new under-bonnet pads fitted.
Features & functions – Every single feature and function has been inspected, repaired and serviced as required. Sometimes so, without the need but maintained nonetheless. This includes A/C, heater, air distribution and fans, all electric windows, seats, central locking. Every gauge has been inspected with each individually opened and cleaned. The speedometer was changed to a new one on request of the client (original mileage 68,000) and new cable fitted. The mileage shown now is that travelled since the restoration. All interior lights work as they should including the most insignificant dash light.
Final finishes – Every piece of stainless; grille, headlight brows, hubcaps were machine polished as Rolls-Royce did when new and present “like-for-like” as new.
It is almost impossible for me to list everything we did to the car, but here is a summary of cost:
1) Body and paint – $30,000
2) Interior – $15,000
3) Mechanical and feature and function refurbishment: $25,000
4) Overall, under hood and underside detailing – $10,000
This whole exercise was done out of love and passion so what you are seeing is the “full Monty”. Every single thing works and the car drives virtually like a new one. But she is more than a “trailer queen”. You can drive her on a regular basis with confidence and security. To wit, I recently drove her on a 200 mile round tour in the country-side and she did not miss a beat in any department.
Please make no mistake – this is a correctly restored car and the price reflects accordingly. More than likely THE most expensive 69 Silver Shadow for sale but equally – it IS the best!
Calling any classic car that is somer 50 years old “perfect” is a big call, so I will call this a 95-out-of-100 point Silver Shadow classic.
~~ An extremely handsome Silver Shadow, in all, this is a wonderful example that is ready to be enjoyed at its finest. The chrome bumper cars are becoming more and more desirable and so this fully restored example is an absolute treat to own and drive. It ranks solidly for show display at any Rolls-Royce meet. ~~
International buyers welcome!
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Location: Barrington, Illinois, United States