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1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - Wraith II

Price: US $88,000.00

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Engine:6.75 Litre Rolls-Royce V8
Power Options:Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Model:Silver Shadow
Number of Cylinders:8
Sub Model:- Wraith II
Interior Color:beige Connolly leather interior
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Exterior Color:Chestnut (red-brown metallic)
Trim:- Wraith II
Vehicle Title:Clear
Drive Type:Rear wheel drive
Body Type:4 door sedan
Warranty:Warranty offered
Options:Cassette Player, Leather 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:27.01.2021

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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II1980/81   Unquestionably, the best original presenting
example you will find
~ Perhaps the best in the world!

~ This stunning Silver Wraith II is being sold with a 12 month warranty ~ *
Here is a really fine and stunningly
original example of a Silver Wraith II. Finished in Chestnut (metallic) with beige
Connolly leather with matching beige fine lines to the waist-rails. Interior
carpeting is finished in matching light tan.

This is a 1 owner car from
new - this is worth repeating; a 1-owner car from brand new! Build date; 11/80
and VIN 41586 making it the 62nd last Silver Shadow (SY) series to come from Crewe (last number: 41648). She was delivered in February 1981 in Texas,
then transferred residence only once in its life up to the mid-west for
professional storage (rarely if never driven). There the car sat in climate
controlled storage for the last 10 years and shows an unquestionable 25,000

The car is entirely and completely original, has NEVER been restored, and from
all my 45 years being with Silver Shadow, I can, without hesitation, claim this
to be the most original SY car I have seen - since these cars were near new
years ago. When I say this car is in fantastic condition, I am being completely
literal. It is the closest thing you will ever find to a show-room condition

100% original paint without
any repairs or blends.
100% original Everflex top with no issues.
100% original interior with Connolly hide that looks and feels brand new.
100% original wood and other interior fittings.

This is an amazingly all
original car with no modifications – from the fine-lines, right down to the
original Blaupunkt push button radio and separate cassette player. Being a Texan
car, later in Wisconsin
for storage (so never used) it has been freed from the perils of any type of harsh
weather and is very clean underneath and all over. The car has zero rust issues
of any kind, not even light scale on under surfaces.

The body on this Wraith II is
entirely straight and the paint is shiny and lustrous. The car still sports 100%
of its original paint, which is truly quite amazing given that Rolls-Royce used
a single stage paint process that generally did not “go the distance”. To wit,
most Rolls-Royces of this era have all been repainted. For this one to be
original paint and still remain shiny is a testament to its careful ownership. This
is especially true with metallic paints. Sometimes you might see a solid colour
(non-metallic) maintain its originality but very rarely, a heavy metallic - that
the colour Chestnut is. Even before its tenure in storage over the last 10
years, it could only have been stored in a climate controlled environment when
not in use, for it to be this nice. When you look down the sides of the car,
they are very straight and true. The paint presents beautifully, super-shiny and,
as surprisingly, with virtually no marks at the base of the "A" and
"C" pillars (typical lead-wiping joints). There are only the most
insignificant imperfections here and there from its minimal use, but consistent
with a very low-mileage car. Certainly, it needs nothing other than a wax from
time to time.

The interior of this Wraith II
is pretty much close to perfect. The beige Vaumol-Luxan Connolly hide leather
is 100% original from the factory. It has never been re-dyed and is in
absolutely outstanding condition with no tears nor fading and not a single sign
of wear. It is super supple and soft – true to its Connolly characteristics. Perhaps
these seats were covered and hence protected, because they are truly flawless
(those that know me, appreciate I rarely ever use that word). Have a look at
the photos where I include many close ups of the leather. My best description,
is the leather looks like that of a 2-3 year old Silver Shadow/Wraith II. In my
45 years with Rolls-Royce, the last time I saw Silver Shadow leather this good
was back when the cars were new or near new. 

A great welcome with true “original Luxan leather” is the colour characteristic.
If you look at the pictures of the interior, there are some close-up shots that
clearly show the colour is not just plain beige, but with a “burnished” tone to
the leather. You can see the beige leather base and then in the fine natural
grain and pores of the leather is a darker tone. This natural quasi “antique”
leather look (like a Chesterfield
couch) was achieved by the hand rubbing Vaumol-Luxan Connollising technique
that made this leather so famous. 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. This is a
"prize" in itself.

The burr walnut wood
throughout the car is stunning. They are also completely original and have not
been redone. They are not flawless (as I can use that word with the leather) but
in excellent condition with only some slight imperfections in the lacquer around
the speedometer and 4-way cluster gauge and on the driver front door capping. The
remaining three doors are perfect. The colour is deep, the grain rich and the
finish smooth.

The head-lining is all original
and in fantastic condition still displaying the thick pilling of the Broad
cloth wool. Likewise, is the leather finish to the dash and top-roll. The matching
beige Wilton
wool carpets with beige leather binding are in true "as-new" condition,
with even the driver side heel-pad looking like new. They are nicely protected
by the original Rolls-Royce “Mouton” (lambswool) rugs which are also in fine
condition. The boot (trunk) carpet with the same theme is also in great
condition - I would describe the boot space to be "like brand new". 

The hubcaps
are excellent with no imperfections in the stainless and trim rings. All
remaining bright-work is in good condition. Glass is perfect. 

Under the bonnet, the presentation is amazing. It has not been precision
detailed but simply kept clean and tidy throughout its life. The under-bonnet
heat pads are like new! If you were to wonder what a Silver Shadow or Wraith II
looked like under the bonnet when new - this is it. You must take the time to
look at the photos of the engine bay as its presentation is like that of only a
5 year old example. Simply stunning!

As you would expect, this Wraith II comes with its original jack, correct
tools and operating manual. It even has the paper "instruction"
templates for the radio and climate control.

If you remember these cars
when in show rooms brand new, the epoxy coated steering wheel had a slight softness
to it when you pushed in your finger nail. This car does that and I can think
of only one other Shadow II that recently displayed this characteristic (that
car was a black Shadow II sold by us very recently).

Owners and enthusiasts will know, that any Silver Shadow or Wraith II in
this incredible original condition that has covered so few miles, is in need of
completely going thru both mechanically and operationally. This is something
Park-Ward Motors is famous for and will do so as part of this sale. We call
this "Predelivery Commissioning". The type of work that will be done
will include every major and minor service and specifically things like the
hydraulics. Every single aspect of the system will be gone thru and serviced in
detail; brake pumps, reservoir flushed and cleaned with new screens fitted,
accumulators replaced, accumulator valves tested and rebuilt if necessary, calipers
serviced and rebuilt if deemed necessary, pads with all new rubber flexible
hoses replaced. Hydraulic work will extend to the rear height control feature
as well. This work alone, is some $10,000. The tyres on the car are original
Michelin X whitewalls and will be replaced with the best tyre of choice; Avon
Turbosteel whitewalls. If you apply this attention to detail, this is what we
will do to every aspect of the car including operational items such as AC,
heater, electric windows, seats etc... right down to the most insignificant
light bulb in the dash.

This is what we will do when you buy this car and is part of our guarantee of
providing you a true "turn-key" example. IN ADDITION, the buyer will get a full 12 month warranty.*

FURTHER, during the 12 month warranty period, we will provide one free return
shipment to Park-Ward Motors from any of the 48 US states. So this means, even if
all is going well, at the end of the 12 month warranty period, you are welcome
to take advantage of this free offer for us to collect the car and do whatever
services are required and then return to you - ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE.*

* Should you be a purist buyer and elect to keep the car truly 100% original
without any of this work being done, perhaps because you are going to
"museum store" the car and not drive her, please contact us to
discuss a special discount price. 
The car is of very high
standard and is an easy 10 out of 10 driver rating and preservation class
show-winner. Without question, she could sit very proudly in any museum
displaying Rolls-Royce history. THAT, is how good she is. ~~ This stately Silver Wraith II is an outstanding representation
of the marque that is ready to be displayed and enjoyed. She is of true show
and museum quality which means you could take her to your next Rolls-Royce as-is
– she is that good! ~~International bidders are always 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 some 200+ high resolution photos  

Click HERE to see detailed walk-around video



Click HERE to see some 200+ high resolution photos

Click HERE to see detailed walk-around video

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 to.

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: 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. 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. 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 ~~

*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. 

**PLEASE read auction terms and conditions below BEFORE making an offer.**  ~~ 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.~~  ~~oo00oo~~  This
Rolls-Royce 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 30 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. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to
meet the cost of transfer fees. 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, 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. 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. By comparison, my cars are
generally 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 a 40 year old car is
predominantly comprised of 40 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. 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 change a
brake line because it appears aged or faulty, we do NOT at the same time
replace all other lines 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 some 40 years 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 +/-40 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.

OVER-RIDER - 12 (twelve)
month WARRANTY . This car sold at the asking price comes with a full 12 month
mechanical and operational warranty for any buyer within the lower 48 US
states. Any and all warranty work will and may only be carried out by Park-Ward
Motors in Crystal Lake, Illinois unless otherwise agreed and
approved in writing by Park-Ward Motors. As part of the warranty term, we will
provide 1 (one) free return shipping from any of the lower 48 states back to
Park-Ward for any service deemed required at no charge to the owner.*


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 & Bentley 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 Bentley 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 or Bentley 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 200 Rolls-Royces restored to varying levels over the last few years ~~VALUES:
Show car:             $55,000+
Exceptional:        $45-55,000
Excellent:             $35-45,000
Good:                    $25-35,000
Average:               $20-25000
Fair:                      $10-20,000
Basket case:         < $10,000

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