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1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - 4 door sedan

Sale price: $49,500.00 make an offer
Last update: 21.09.2016

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Manufacturer: Rolls-Royce
Model: Silver Shadow
Year: 1972
Type: 4 door sedan
Color: Mason black over Regal Red (burgundy/bordeaux)
Mileage: 33,000
Engine: 6.75 Litre Rolls-Royce V8
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: - 4 door sedan
Interior Color: black leather interior with burgundy finishes
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - 4 door sedan for sale

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  • 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - 4 door sedan


Silver Shadow



Very desirable “chrome bumper” car in simply lovely condition.


This is a stunning presenting Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base ("LWB") sedan finished in burgundy with a black Everflex vinyl top. It has hand-painted fine lines to the waist-rails and hubcap beauty trim rings finished in contrasting light gold. The interior is finished in ebony Connolly leather hides. The burgundy and black combination is very elegant and classic for a Rolls-Royce. Certainly it is a hallmark of the era.

The long wheel base version of the Silver Shadow is easily identified by the small rear window (opera window) and standard fitment Everflex vinyl top. it is 4” longer in the rear door. This provides a noticeable increase in rear passenger space.

This car was originally purchased new by 60's talk-show host. Mike Douglas. renowned for controversial segments involving Jackie Kennedy and ex-con Dr Sam Shepherd over the murder of his wife. The assassination of JFK was shock announced during one of his shows.

After Mike Douglas's onwership. she was owned by an elderly gentleman for many years. The car is well known to us over the last 5 years when we last sold her and maintained her since at 28. 00 miles. in concert with other renown RROC member service centres. Everything about it shows utter pride of ownership and care. The car comes with a file of receipts and a plethora of ownership information. As a Silver Shadow she ranks easily within the top 10% of examples available.

Make no mistake. this Silver Shadow is quasi show class. The exterior of the car is straight and rust free with the underside clean and tidy. The paint is in superb condition still supporting all original top-half black. This is quite amazing for a Silver Shadow as almost all examples have needed repainting on at least the top-half because the paint will have not "gone the distance by now" and faded and cracked. The bottom half burgundy was repainted some 3-4 years ago but only because of small chips and scratches. Since then. so well looked after. the car is  virtually chip blemish free (albeit the "normal" lead-wiping hairlines fracturing you see at the typical Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow stress points - quite normal). Overall. the exterior presents beautifully with all chrome and glass in excellent condition. Inside door edges and jams are clean and tidy. The black Everflex top is original and also in good condition but with early signs of sun marks in a small area above the passenger front windshield. The outside of the car presents to true Rolls-Royce standards.

The interior of the car is also excellent. The leather is entirely original Connolly from factory and in beautiful condition. It displays the right amount of patina that we look for yet without a single tear. crack or unsightly blemish. It remains soft and supple without issues. The headliner is in good condition. Door panels. dash panel. rear parcel shelf. interior chrome work. gauges and instruments are all in very fine condition.

The light African burl walnut throughout is also original and yet remains in incredible condition. With only the very slightest mark in the clear coat on one part of the dash and some tiny. tiny points on the driver door. you would be forgiven to think it was redone only a few years ago. All the wood retains its glass-like finish. This includes all 4 doors. dash. console. rear vanity mirrors. rear window surround and dash forward finisher. And. with the beauty of only the best of burl walnut. the grain in this Silver Shadow displays a very warm grain and colour. From rich yellow ochres to those of red and brown. It is truly stunning.

The trunk carpet is excellent with the correct jack and tools in place (not included at time of photos. sorry). Tyres are near new wide-whitewall Champiro. 215/75/15s. with the hubcaps straight and the stainless steel shiny.

Mechanically the car is in fantastic shape. Just a look under the hood says everything about its maintenance and the penchant for originality. It has been recently thoroughly work-shopped by Park-Ward with all the hydraulics/braking system serviced and working well. The car has been well maintained over the years with the more typical items – such as rotors. pads and brake lines. by example - having been done. 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. When we sold the car previously it had 28. 00 miles. The odometer now reads 33. 00 miles and although not verifiable with actual paperwork. we have always remained certain this to be a very low mileage example!

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. Even the clock ticks away as it should!

This Silver Shadow LWB very comfortably ranks as a 10-out-of-10 driver quality example and would sit comfortably at any Rolls-Royce show of the highest standard.




~~ A pedigree Silver Shadow. in all. this is a wonderful example that is ready to be driven and enjoyed. It is pretty much “show standard” and indeed an excellent condition "driver". She ranks very comfortably as a 10 out of 10 driver. ~~

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!



Stunning black Connolly leather with contrasting piping and carpeting
- all original and very supple.

All original tools. jack and comprehensive operating manual

Amazingly clean under the bonnet

Incredibly well maintained bright work and finishes

Slight breakdown showing in Everflex at front above window on passenger position.

Not offensive but if you are super fussy. please enquire about a brand new replacement

Glass. chrome work. lights and lenses in excellent shape

Rich gold pin-striping hand-painted by an artisan in accordance with the Crewe tradition

Beautifully refinished burl walnut finishes

An amazing 33. 00 miles!

Original factory fitted push-button radio and 8-track player

Beautiful original Connolly hides.

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 +1-312-320-6996.

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.

~~ Important note: the $2. 00 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 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 should be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. 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 45 year old car is predominantly comprised of 45 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 hoses 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 45 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. Should there be any legal dispute after the sale. (and I certainly hope there would never need to be!). all such disputes shall be determined in the jurisdiction of McHenry County. Illinois - the domicile of Park-Ward Motors.  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 +/-45 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 or office.


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:                     1970-1973
Make:                    Rolls-Royce

Model:                   Silver Shadow LWB

Show car:             $45. 00+

Exceptional:        $35-45. 00

Excellent:             $25-35. 00

Good:                    $18-25. 00

Average:               $12-18. 00

Fair:                      $6-12. 00

Basket case:         < $6. 00


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. 00 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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