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Car of the Month - June 2009
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, 1977, #SRF31396
A comparatively recent trend of some motor car magazines has been the
“Back-to-Back” survey with a group test of certain makes and models which
might for one reason or another be considered as competitors. A weak point
of such comparison is that criteria and content are infinitely variable. To
compare a Rolls-Silver Shadow II with e.g. products from the Jaguar or
Mercedes-Benz range of the time can be revealing, but cannot be definitive.
With its extraordinary smooth and silky ride, silent and even performance
the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II was in a class of
its own; there is no comparison.
This is even more so if a car is found in an almost unbelievable time warp
original condition, cosmetically and mechanically. Such can only be
achieved, of course, with maintenance to the highest standard inside and
out. In the case of this Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, #SRF31396, the very
low mileage is worth a note, too. Originally delivered to an owner living in
a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on 22nd July 1977, the car led
a very gentle life and travelled only 8,000 miles between 1977 and 1984. It
was scrupulously maintained and serviced during this period. Service every 6
months was kept as a rule when later the annual mileage dropped and between
1984 and 1999 a mere 4,000 miles were added. Having been re-located to
California in 1999 it has travelled not quite that much again, bringing its
total mileage to 23,800 in 2009.
unmarked exterior of this car has been maintained in flawless condition;
typical lead seam cracking issues have been carefully and invisibly
addressed, all the original factory body preparation being carefully
preserved under a very fine overcoating. There is zero rust; the brightwork
and glass appear as new, not to mention the underside of the car, which
looks as fresh as it must have the day it rolled off the factory floor; and
it had never suffered, of course, to be involved in any accident. Well then,
the Californian climate has been a bonus.
all-original interior is in impeccable condition; enhanced by the fact the
driver was non-smoker and no-one else on board was ever allowed to a
cigarette. Perfect uncracked and flawless burled maple wood veneers with
their original lacquer finish are as delightful as the unmarked fine
leather. The carpets are as new and a spare, unused set of moutons is still
in their original factory issue box.
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Mechanically the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, #SRF31396, has been
scrupulously maintained, serviced and documented every 6 months, regardless
of mileage, according to factory recommendations and schedules. The engine
bay is flawless, with all hood padding as new. All dash instruments and
electronics work perfectly. They include the original sound system, fully
functioning bi-level air conditioning, central door locking, radio antenna,
variable speed wipers, cruise control, motorized 8-way front seats,
automatic rear window demist, clock, gas cap release, power wash, dash
lights, all of the inside and outside lights, outside temperature gauge, oil
level check, instrument dimmer control, and all power windows function
properly. All the original complete small tools are present, as well as the
large tools, all in perfect unused condition.
.A Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II kept in such an amazingly new state of
preservation could hardly be compared to any other luxury motor car that
left the factory more than 3 decades ago; it is in a class of its own.
Having given all these details there remains the question if there isn’t one
single point at least, which is not entirely ok? Yes, there is! - Alas, the
description above doesn’t end with the hint that here is a chance to acquire
a low mileage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II in perfect condition; this car is
not for sale.