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Car of the Month - August 2008
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, 1979, #SRH38927

  Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

The Chassis Card Details, i.e. the documents on this car from the period when it was made at the factory, include a note from 17th April 1979: "Gold Fineline on dark olive paint. Note that the gold contains real gold and is not simply a gold coloured paint." – That a significant example for the tremendous care invested in providing the finest standard to meet the client's wishes for extras on this Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow IIThe duo-tone paintwork in Dark Olive over Silver Sand (both paints were specified with their exact number from ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in the Chassis Card Details, too) and an Everflex-covered hood in matching colour was non-standard on this Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II. The vast majority of cars from this model-series were delivered with uni colour. The Everflex hood usually was a feature of the long-wheelbase variant Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II; it was available only to order and at surplus charge for the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II.


Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow IIAs the most obvious alteration though from what might be expected to be found on a Rolls-Royce motor car from this time could be considered that the seats are not trimmed with leather. As specified by the customer there was “Beige Parkertex Savoy Velvet U0016/12 to seats only”, i.e. velvet cloth of finest quality to be used for front and rear seats. An additional instruction was to use beige leather for door trim and the rest of the interior. Although some thirty years have passed since the car had been delivered to its first owner, the velvet seats don’t show ageing – proof of appropriate maintenance and low mileage.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

As proper as the interior the engine bay does present itself once the bonnet has been lifted -- there are no problem areas indicating any sort of neglect. Thus it would not be fair to state as a shortcoming of this car that there is no longer a "Gold Fineline" – at some time over the years a change took place and the coachline was substituted by one in a decent silver paint.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

This car was subject to certain alterations to meet the regulations to become registered in Germany, indeed had been on German number plates for many years. It is for sale at present at a price reflecting its condition – 20,000 Euro. Any enquiry transmitted to will be forwarded to the owner.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

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