LONG WHEEL BASE MODEL ONLY YEAR OF FUEL INJECTED MODEL
Sale price: $32,500.00 make an offer
Last update: 02.05.2014
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LONG WHEEL BASE MODEL ONLY YEAR OF FUEL INJECTED MODEL for sale
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West Coast Classics are proud to present an obviously exceptionally well maintained and very rare and collectible example of this 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II LWB finished in the most desirable and probably rarest all Black color combination of original factory 'Mason's Black' (Code 9500701) color paint with factory painted red pin stripes and a matching color Black 'Everflex roof' and with beautiful original 'Black' (Trim Code VM8500) Connolly leather hides and full Black carpeting and original mohair headliner and 'Spirit of Ecstasy' hood ornament. otherwise know as the 'Silver Lady'.
The Silver Wraith II was a very rare Long Wheel Base version of the Silver Shadow model with only 2. 54 models built between its 1977-80 production years compared to 8. 80 Silver Shadow II's. Its high cost and low production plus added amenities such as the extra 4" of legroom. a smaller rear 'Opera' window to enhance privacy. unique wheel covers and the 'Everflex' roof as standard ensured that it has always boasted a high status amongst Rolls Royce enthusiasts. especially this last year 1980 model. which also boasted being the first year of the Bosch fuel injection for California models only. with all other US cars having carburetors throughout production and the first year that Rolls changed from using brake fluid to mineral oil to power the braking and suspension systems.
This particular example was originally purchased at 'Beverly Hills Rolls Royce' of Beverly Hills. California and reportedly has had only two southern California owners since new. It has the most internationally desirable all Black color combination with its original Black 'Connolly Leather' interior showing a lovely original patina and which famously supplied the British car industry for over 125 years. including such legendary marques as Rolls Royce. Bentley. Aston Martin and Jaguar. supplying these manufacturer's highly finished leather. It was hand crafted from unfenced cows which produced unblemished hides and to have these original hides is a highly desirable original feature of any Rolls Royce or Bentley amongst Rolls Royce enthusiasts. It is of interest that this leather was also famously used for the seats of the 'Submarine Spitfire' in WWII. the luxury 'Concorde' aircraft and the luxury liner. the Queen Elizabeth II as well as all the benches in the British Houses of Parliament together with many other parliaments around the world. The business developed into a high profile company with clientele including royalty. celebrities. socialites and industry leaders and today Connolly accessory designs are to be found in many museums around the world. 'Connolly Leather' has stopped production since 2002 and any stocks left of the leather they had produced has already been depleted. Today. upholstery shops uses a 'Connolly' substitute leather supplied by different European tannery's that uses reportedly the same Vaumol. Autolux and Laxan graining processes that Connoly used and is about as close as you can get to the original factory leather. but as any enthusiast will tell you. there is no substitute for the smell and feel of the authentically original 'Connolly' leather interior.
The leather dashboard is also original and in exceptional condition (obviously always garaged from the sun) and the original mohair wool headliner is still virtually as new. The original and magnificent burled walnut woodwork is also in very fine condition throughout and all the power options and electric windows are working as they should. The car has its original factory lambswool Mouton overlays (lambskin hair which has been straightened and treated and thermally set to produce a moisture repellent finish) sheepskin rugs and factory tools.
The original 'Mason's Black' color paintwork is in excellent condition with beautiful contrasting red painted pin striping and all the chrome-work. including the Rolls Royce grille. is absolutely outstanding. The original Black 'Everflex' roof is also as new and for those unfamiliar with the term. the 'Everflex'roof was a British made fabric roof covering used in the 1960's-80's by Rolls Royce. Bentley and some Jaguars. The material is very durable and expensive with a fabric placed first below the 'Everflex' material to add weight and body to its texture before the roof is expertly screwed on to the car. The Silver Wraith II also has a unique smaller rear opera-style window and unique wheel covers.
This obviously well maintained and relatively low mileage Rolls Royce engine runs extremely strong and these cars are not slow - the engine purrs like a kitten. never stalls or idles rough and is extremely reliable - there is plenty of power to pull away at the lights and it cruises at high speeds with absolute ease. The transmission shift is almost imperceptibly smooth and the temperature always remains cool.
The Silver Wraith II is truly a sensual car that you can drive with your fingertips. smooth and relatively silent. it's thoroughly therapeutic for both drivers and passengers. The delightful precision action of the electrically powered steering column gear change and the ultra light weighted power steering allows one to park this 5000lbs of pure luxury with literally one finger and this long but actually quite slender car is anything but ponderous thanks to it's torque and brilliant turning radius!
This particular model drives particularly well and must be seen as well as driven to be fully appreciated. Without a doubt you will look long and hard to find a finer example of this rare and very collectible last year 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II Long Wheel Base Fuel Injected model. These are the rarest and most luxurious and desirable of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow range (1965-1980) with an extra four inches of leg room for the generally chauffeur driven rear passengers of these models and only 2. 35 were built at the Crewe factory between its 1975-1980 production years and we understand that maybe only 100 fuel injected models were exported to California only in 1980. Obviously always garaged with no accidents and no rust and never abused!
For those who are unfamiliar. Rolls Royce no longer exists as it had for over one hundred years. This is the one of the last in the original line of cars hand built in the legendary Rolls Royce factory in Crewe. England with a quality and craftsmanship that far surpasses that of today's mass produced models with many BMW parts - this is indeed a rare opportunity to own a piece of automotive history. from a time when Rolls Royce was truly building the world's finest automobiles - a great investment for the Rolls Royce enthusiast or collector or simply an outstandingly and striking example of a very rare and unusual Rolls Royce for the discerning luxury classic car owner!
For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours.
WEST COAST CLASSICS. LLC Please note: TERMS OF SALE: YOU BID TO OWN: This vehicle is being sold by West Coast Classics. LLC; we are licensed and bonded vehicle dealers in the state of California. Please note that all vehicles sold to be registered in the state of California will be charged California sales tax on the final EBay sales price and any required DMV licensing. smog. documentation and registration fees. If leaving the state or country. the vehicle must be picked up by a professional licensed auto transportation company that can provide a bill of lading. otherwise California sales tax will be charged. (All licensed auto transport companies provide these). Any out of the state and international buyers will upon completion of the sale be sent by FEDEX the title and bill of sale for the vehicle and will be personally responsible for any sales tax and licensing and registration fees in their home state or province. All bids are legal and binding contracts to purchase the vehicle and by bidding you are hereby entering into a legal and binding contract to purchase the vehicle and agreeing to accept and abide by these terms of sale: Mechanical inspections welcomed; if you wish to inspect the vehicle you must do so before bidding; upon request seller will be happy to deliver the vehicle to a local Santa Monica mechanic of your choice for your prepaid inspection before the reserve price is met. Once the reserve price is met this vehicle is to be considered sold in ‘as is. where is' condition to the highest bidder with no guaranties or warranties implied or given. Please have all funds available before bidding as a $1. 00 non-refundable deposit is required from the winning bidder within 48 hours (2 business days) of auction end; an immediate $500 non-refundable deposit is required through Ebay's Paypal service to end the auction early if the "Buy it now" option is exercised and the balance in full is due within ten days of auction end in any case. In the case these terms of sale are not met seller reserves the right to either re-list the vehicle or offer the vehicle to the next highest bidder. Seller reserves the right to end the auction at any time before the reserve price is met. Payment by bank wire transfer. cash in person or cashiers check only. All inspections must be done prior to bidding. The non-refundable deposit in the amount of $1. 00 is due within 48 hours of the auction end via bank wire transfer or cashier's check via overnight mail. The full payment must be completed within 10 days regardless of a pick up date. In the event the deposit is not posted within the required period of time. the vehicle will be offered for sale to the next subsequent high bidder or relisted for sale. This is to be considered an absolute sale and the buyer is required to comply with all of my conditions in these terms of sale. By placing a bid and winning the auction you hereby agree to abide completely with these terms of sale and the terms of sale are to be considered a legal and binding purchase agreement. Once again. please note that there are no inspections to be made after the auction ends - please be sure to complete any inspection before bidding. The Seller reserves the right to cancel any bid at any time and to end the auction early for any reason. The seller makes every effort to describe in detail any known flaws in the vehicle and includes many detailed and recent photos of the vehicle. The mileage on the vehicle is correct at the time of listing but obviously subject to minor changes necessary to complete delivery of the vehicle to the buyer and test drives etc. Please note that all used vehicles. especially classic and older vehicles. are by definition unique and complex and their condition. for better or worse. must always be considered a subjective opinion to each individual. Therefore the seller shall not be responsible for the absolute correct description. authenticity. genuineness. or defects herein. and makes no guaranties or warranty in connection therewith. Vehicles are sold with one master key unless otherwise stated. Vehicles are sold with handbooks and manuals only if stated in the advertisement. No allowance will be made on account of any incorrectness. imperfection. defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle. and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value of the vehicle before bidding and to bid based upon that judgment solely. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs whatsoever regardless of any oral or written statements about the vehicle. Good luck and thanks for your interest!
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