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1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Price: US $44,900.00

1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Technical details

Engine:6.75 Liter Rolls-Royce V8
Number of Cylinders:8
Model:Silver Shadow
Interior Color:Beige Connolly hides with green carpet
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Exterior Color:Larch Green (metallic)
Vehicle Title:Clear
Drive Type:Rear wheel drive
Body Type:4 door sedan
Options:Cassette Player, Leather Seats
Warranty:Warranty offered
Power Options:Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
:“All Rolls-Royces & Bentleys offered by the Park-Ward Motors Museum are subject to complete inspection by experienced & trained Rolls-Royce craftsmen. Anything requiring repair is attended to professionally & without compromise. This is something we are very proud of & upon which our reputation is built. Of course you are still buying a used car that is subject to the normal course of age, but our cars are restored, serviced & thoroughly work shopped examples prior to being offered for sale. Then once sold, undergo an intensive predelivery commissioning process to ensure everything is in tip-top shape. So thorough is this process, that we require a minimum 14 day period to complete. No one else selling a Rolls-Royce does this, so it makes good sense to buy thru us. A Rolls-Royce from us is, by far, in much better condition than any other you will typically find. As such, you may not be buying the cheapest price Rolls-Royce but you will certainly be buying the best! This is our promise.”
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Car location:Barrington, Illinois, United States
Last update:30.01.2021

Additional Info

Rolls-RoyceSilver Shadow1972/3 Desirable “chrome bumper” 100%
original, unrestored beauty
~ investment grade condition ~This is a gorgeous presenting Silver Shadow sedan
finished in rarely seen Larch Green. It has hand-painted gold fine lines to the
waist-rails and hubcap beauty trim rings. The interior is finished in light tan
Connolly leather with contrasting light green Wilton wool carpets. The entire combination
is stunningly gorgeous.

The most amazing thing about this Silver Shadow is she is entirely factory original
in every respect. 100% original factory paint - not a single body panel
repainted since she left the factory. This is almost unbelievable as almost all
Silver Shadows have had to be repainted at least once since new. Even more
amazing for a metallic colour which rarely "makes the distance" after
50 odd years. And yet, the paint finish remains shiny and lustrous. Even the
gold hand-painted fine lines are original! The car, of course, has some minor
marks and blemishes as you would surely expect (including the infamous
lead-wiping marks on all Silver Shadows) but, again, rest assured the paint
presents beautifully.

And, it doesn't stop there. The entire interior is also original. The light tan
Vaumol hides, unique to Connolly and Rolls-Royce of the era is entirely factory
original. Never, redyed, never repaired. It is important to understand that
Vaumol was a special hide developed by Connolly whereby it is originally coloured
and then (still in hide form) a dark burnisher rubbed into the leather facing
so that the natural pores and creases of the leather absorb the darker colour.
The end result is an exquisite antique looking leather that highlights the
natural finish. In some ways a bit like an old Chesterfield couch. Please take a look at the
close up photos below and in the link.

It is unfortunate Connolly ceased this process in the mid-eighties as some new
car buyers did not realise this was what the leather was supposed to look like.
Disappointingly, some people (even today) think the leather is grubby or dirty.
It is not! This is the way it is SUPPOSED to look. (If you do not like this
look and you like perfect "Lexus-like" leather, please do not ask us
to redye as we will politely decline). The leather on this example is perfectly
patina'd and rest assured, is 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 simply superb. Completely factory original - never refinished - and yet without any of the typical peeling of the clear-coat and no cracks in the clear-coat lacquer finish. Truly quite amazing as virtually any Silver Shadow will show at least a few hairline fractures. This one has ZERO! 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

The car has had 3 owners since new and has been
a meticulously maintained example. Of course, all cars sold by Park-Ward Motors
undergo our Predelivery Commissioning process and so the car is guaranteed to have
every major and minor service done with all features and functions in full operational
condition upon delivery.

The car is entirely rust and scale free.

Please make no mistake, this is an Investment Grade Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
that would be amongst the top 10% of the finest, chrome bumper Silver Shadow
available on the market. It best suits a collector or enthusiast who wants a
super original example in top condition.

Mechanically the car is in fantastic shape. It
has been recently work-shopped by Park-Ward with all the hydraulics/braking
system reviewed and working well. 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. The odometer reads 45,500 miles and
although not verifiable, the car is unquestionably a low mileage example. Just a quick review under the bonnet - which was NOT detailed for these photos -  is testimony to that. Tyres
are near new Hankook 215/75/15 whitewalls, with the hubcaps straight and the
stainless steel shiny. As you would expect, it comes with correct jack, tool
kit and owner's manual.

A/C blows ice cold and the heater works well.
Electricals have all been serviced so windows, seats and features &
functions work as they should. All interior and exterior lighting has been
checked with all bulbs and lamps operating correctly.

~~ A pedigree Silver Shadow, in
all, this is a wonderful example that is ready to be driven and enjoyed. It is of
true “preservation show standard” and indeed an excellent condition driver. You
could easily drive her as is to your next club meet and take out a prize.  ~~

International bidders are welcome.

For extra photos on this fine example go to the link below.
The photos are of super high resolution so if you right-click on any, you can zoom in and see every little detail and defect in considerable detail.

Click HERE to see 100+ individual photos!







Click HERE to see 100+ individual photos!

A note from RRMOTORSINC:

For those Rolls-Royce enthusiasts who have followed my auctions in the past I welcome you all. For those who are new to my adverts and/or the marque, please note that as a serious collector of some 30 years, all my cars are truly described examples. I have my own private Rolls-Royce workshop (not open to the public but dedicated to my own cars and fellow RR enthusiasts) with trained Rolls-Royce craftsmen who are proficient in all aspects. As a team, we are dedicated to the preservation of the marque and as such, any car that leaves the stable is completely inspected and work-shopped to ensure mechanical and operational items are maintained appropriately. We adopt a “keep it original” mentality with pride and confidence, offering after sales technical support and assistance well beyond the sale. Because most of my cars are offered for the pleasures of driving enjoyment it is not always possible or practical to seek perfection (in the true sense of the word) but we do always uphold excellence in whatever we do. Our cars are by no means cheap priced cars but we like to think they are amongst the best. To this end, I firmly believe in the famous adage; “Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” We hope you do too.”

RRMOTORSINC is a division of Park-Ward Motors and The Park-Ward Motors Museum. We can always be reached at +1-[hidden information].

We at Park-Ward Motors – the things we do. When our Rolls-Royces are commissioned for resale, they are indeed professionally and correctly “fully work-shopped”. No corners are cut. And it is all addressed in true Crewe tradition. There is way too much to list here but to give you an example of our commitment to excellence of  the various processes, this is one such example of what we do: Doors and windows:-  Every car has its interior door panels removed. If the wood is in need of repair (as most are) it is refinished in-house by trained and talented craftsmen at Park-Ward Motors. This is a detailed process of stripping the wood of its old lacquer, repairing the veneer if there is damage, staining the top surface as per Rolls-Royce methodology and refinishing with no less than 25 coats of clear lacquer. Hand wet-sanded and polished between all of its last 15 coats. New window felt guides and wood-to-glass foam seals are fitted. All window mechanisms are checked and serviced for smooth and efficient up and down movement. This includes an electrical modification to rectify the typical “slow window syndrome”. All tracks, chains and gears are lubricated. Where central locking is fitted, these are all serviced to ensure no “solenoid sticking”, another common problem. Units are repaired and or changed as required for refurbished units. Door wiring and door-to-body wiring is checked, repaired and/or replaced as required. The splash plastic on the inside of the doors to protect the leather panels from rain splash from inside the door is replaced with correct specification black plastic as used by the factory. Cut to shape and glued in position as per original. All door hardware is checked and repaired as required including locks, handles and scuttle finishes. The door is reassembled with all items cleaned and polished. The wood refitted and the leather panels are re-Connollised before final fitment.  Take this example and apply it to the many, many different aspects of Rolls-Royce restoration, service and maintenance and you have our dedication to correct and professional vehicle pre-delivery preparation and commissioning.

*Please note this exclusion: the advertised or
"Buy it Now" price is a price whereby we are committed to do repair
work on the car if we see something "not right". This may occur after
the sale and before delivery. It is our commitment to excellence. So, to be
clear, if the agreed selling price is less than 85% of the initial asking
price, then the sale is considered a wholesale "as-is" sale. To put
it simply, and to be fair, a buyer cannot expect to buy "cheap" and
get all the benefits otherwise associated with a retail value type. 

~~ Important note: the $2,000 deposit is due within 24 hours. If not paid, or if no contact is received within that period, we reserve the right to offer the car to any other party.~~

This Rolls-Royce or Bentley
is part of a private collection. Although licensed and bonded, I am not a
main-stream retail car dealer or broker; I am a professional car collector of
some 40 years with considerable experience and knowledge of Rolls-Royce and
Bentley Motor Cars. I have a long standing reputation being associated with the
marque which I take seriously. I take pride in my cars and have fun in
collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you
place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you
have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect
not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you
are expecting me to “hold” the car until you have the opportunity to inspect
it. Any inspection contemplated must be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an
offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect
the car. Please note, however, we do NOT allow 3rd party inspectors because
history has sadly proven, they are not worth their weight in salt. Do not waste
your time nor money - come yourself and we will go over the car in detail with
you. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions.
Your bid can not be subject to anything. A $2000.00 deposit (non-refundable) is
required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The
balance of funds are required within 7 days of the close of the auction and
must be provided by cashier’s check or bank wire (unless, and only, if agreed
otherwise in writing). I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are
willing to meet the cost of transfer fees or you are happy to pay via "pay
a friend". Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the
title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments
as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if
all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to
terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or
other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract and/or if
you fail to complete the transaction, I reserve the right to keep any such
deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested
party or re-list the vehicle at any time. To be clear, if you change your mind
for ANY reason and do not complete the transaction in the time-frame required,
you will forfeit your deposit and any other monies paid. And, to make it very
clear, paying by credit card, if so accepted, does not mean you can
unilaterally elect to seek a refund from your credit card provider and/or
lender. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide
basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or
shipping and at his cost.

As a collector and experienced restorer of the marque, I make every
effort to bring my cars to a high standard, both before and after the sale. By
comparison, my cars are generally far superior to others available but they are
by no means perfect. You must expect some issues. Unless specifically stated,
the car is not of show standard but of nice "driver" condition.
Please understand, show cars of this model cost hundreds of thousands of
dollars to achieve and sell for prices commensurate, so the sale price of this
car reflects its relative condition. You are buying "condition"
accordingly. Buyers should not expect to receive concours quality or
"perfect" cars at these prices. Please also understand, the very
nature of these classic Rolls-Royces is such that it is not always possible to
attend to every item, or perhaps I may have inadvertently overlooked items.
Further, and very importantly, these cars are classic cars also because they
are old. So this means if a car is 47 years old, then it is predominantly
comprised of 47 year old parts. And old parts will fail. All buyers must
understand and expect that things can or will wear out, break and/or stop functioning
without notice, even if we have inspected it. This is even more likely with
hand-built English cars of early technology when compared to the typical
American car of the same vintage. Please note, fitted radio/stereo systems are
usually subject to upgrade by purchasers so I do not ensure operation of these.
Similarly, cruise control systems fitted to these classics were of an inferior
design and I do not check or warrant the operation of these. Suspension and
brakes on these cars are complex. We thoroughly check them and replace things
that are identified faulty. But please understand, by example; if we refurbish
or replace a brake caliper because it appears aged or faulty, we do NOT at the
same time refurbish or place all other brake calipers because they are of
similar age. This is considered "preventative maintenance". We do not
do this unless specifically requested and is not included in the purchase
price. Feel free to ask for this additional service. Further, a feature or
function that is working perfectly one moment, may decide to play-up the next.
After all, it is several decades old. This is the nature of any classic car and
especially a Rolls-Royce which was very "complicated" for its era.
For this reason it is necessary for the following condition:

The vehicle is being sold "as-is/where-is" with no warranty
expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made
with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and
accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are
not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be
responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects
herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. If any aspect of the
description contradicts what can be seen in the photos, then the photos shall
prevail as the reference point. No allowance or set aside will be made on
account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is
the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition
and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will
make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer’s
request prior to the close of the auction. Seller assumes no responsibility for
any repairs regardless of any written or oral statements about the
vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in
most US states,
the mileage may be recorded as “exempt”. In this regard the seller makes no
warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown and accepts no
responsibility for any discrepancy with independent reports such as Carfax,
AutoCheck, etc. In this regard the seller makes no warranties as
to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown. I can hold the vehicle up to
30 days while you arrange shipping but you must immediately insure it. I will
not bear any responsibility for any additional costs including storage,
transportation, or repair after the close of the auction. Whereas I am happy to
store the car in excess of 30 days from auction end, a cost of $35 per day
shall apply beyond 30 days of auction end. Also, you must remember that this is
a classic +47 year old vehicle, and while it is up to you, I do not recommend
that you just “hop in and drive it across the country”until you have
familiarised yourself with the car. At least, I have never done that. I have
always professionally transported the cars in enclosed carriers from where I
bought them to my home.


Finally, the advertised or "Buy it Now" price is a price whereby we
are committed to do repair work on the car if we see something "not
right". This may occur after the sale and before delivery. It is our
commitment to excellence. So, to be clear, if the agreed selling price is less
than 85% of the initial asking price, then the sale is considered a wholesale
"as-is" sale. To put it simply, and to be fair, a buyer cannot expect
to buy "cheap" and get all the benefits otherwise associated with a
retail value type sale.

I am sorry if these terms seem harsh but there seem to be some very
unrealistic buyers out there - fortunately, only few of these people exist but
those that do can make life difficult, so it appears EVERYTHING needs to
spelled out. Very simply put, this is an old car being offered for sale. It is
not new and is subject to the perils of age. Further, Rolls-Royces are not
without nuances, idiosyncrasies and they are renown for a host of design issues
which can make them not inexpensive to maintain. This is well documented in
many circles. You need to be a special and considerate type of purchaser to own a Rolls-Royce. Their down-side is part of the fun in
owning them! As the old saying goes; "we love to hate them and hate to
love them!" So, please respect the terms and conditions when you bid.
~~ **IMPORTANT NOTE: As a professional collector and experienced restorer, I have my own Rolls-Royce dedicated workshop with qualified craftsmen on hand; The Park-Ward Motor Museum. As a passionate collector of the marque I take great pride and pleasure in passing on any of these great cars to its next owner (“caretaker”). In so doing, once this Rolls-Royce is sold, I will put the car thru my workshop to ensure that it is mechanically sound and all major features and functions are operating as described even though the car is contractually being sold "as-is". Certain items such as final electrical tests and hydraulic pressure checks are usually left for this stage as these are considered "commissioning procedures". In this case, this will include the air conditioning system of this car. This and considerable other work will be performed after the sale and before delivery. This is all done at NO CHARGE. We call this; "Predelivery Commissioning". Who else selling a Rolls-Royce on eBay does this?! Depending on our work load, please allow approximately 14-21 business days for this procedure. We will keep you posted every step of the way. For more information on the Park-Ward Motor Museum and our skills, please eBay message me and I would be happy to show you some 100 Rolls-Royces restored to varying levels over the last few years ~~


VALUES: Rolls-Royce values vary wildly, entirely dependent on their condition. There are, of course, other aspects that add or subtract from their values – Long Wheel Base versus regular, the year which dictated certain technical changes, etc. The colour alone, for example can make a big difference. So for the benefit of new-comers to the marque please see the approximate guide to values based on a particular model below. Please remember, these are “plus-or-minus” figures:
Year:                     1[hidden information]
Make:                    Rolls-RoyceModel:                   Silver Shadow
Show car:             $45,000+Exceptional:        $35-45,000Excellent:             $25-35,000Good:                    $18-25,000Average:               $12-18,000Fair:                      $6-12,000Basket case:         < $6,000 
Hopefully this will provide a reference point for the Rolls-Royce being featured in this listing as it compares to the range of different condition examples. Please note, a very poor condition example that is tired and not maintained can easily demand some $30,000 in restoration to make it a "nice" example but remember, it will be no longer original. So don't be fooled by "cheap buys". For any specific questions about this unique example of a Rolls-Royce, please do not hesitate to contact me.
According to the London based investment research firm; Historic Automobile Group International, classic cars have appreciated on average, 13% per year since 1980, whilst overall stock values averaged an 11% gain over the same period. The following graph charts the value of collectible cars vs. the S&P500.


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