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RARE "Large Rear Window" Long Wheel Base. Special RR order. Handsomely restored!

Sale price: $48,897.00 make an offer
Last update: 09.07.2013

Car location: Barrington, Illinois, United States
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: rolls-royce
Model: Silver Shadow
Year: 1974
Type: 4 door sedan
Number of Doors: 4
Mileage: 38,600
Transmission: automatic
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Interior Color: Cream (light tan) Conolly hides
Vehicle Title: Clear
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RARE "Large Rear Window" Long Wheel Base. Special RR order. Handsomely restored! for sale

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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

~ Long Wheel Base ~

"LWB"


1974


Very rare LARGE REAR WINDOW "LWB" - special factory order - in stunning virtual concours condition.


There are many photos below so take the time to read the description to allow them all to load.

This is a stunningly presenting and excellent condition Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base ("LWB") finished in highly desirable Sand over Sable (Silver Sand over Astrakhan)* with light tan Connolly (cream) hides. It has craftsman hand-painted fine lines to the waistlines and hubcap beauty trim rings finished in contrasting deep burgundy. The "Sand over Sable" combination is arguably one of the most classic for the marque. Certainly it is a hallmark of the era and quintessentially Rolls-Royce.  Interestingly. at night. both colours deepen in hue and the car takes on a very formal appearance. The car has been "1 family owned" since new and stored by authorized Rolls-Royce agents for the last 20 years!

All Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base cars came with a small "opera-style" rear window (1970 onwards). Unless. of course. it was a special order such as this one - displaying a large rear window. Only some 20 such cars were ever made and because of the rarity the price was considerably more. the costly option was deleted in 1976.

The exterior of the car is very straight and is totally rust free with the underside clean and tidy. The paint is brand new and is simply OUTSTANDING. It was redone by Park-Ward's Rolls-Royce qualified paint and body shop - highly experienced in Rolls-Royce paint restoration and repair. When we received the car. the body was in clean straight condition and with TOTALLY original paint. But. as with any Rolls-Royce of this vintage. the "original paint" had chemically broken down and was looking faded and dull. Initial efforts to buff and polish were encouraging but after a few days. the paint regressed to its faded state. So. a very high-end paint job of some $17. 00 was commissioned.

Consequently. the finish is now flawless. high in luster. entirely consistent all over and presents to virtual show standard. Inside door edges and jams are incredibly clean and tidy without unsightly overspray or any signs of restoration. The exterior of the car presents absolutely beautifully with all finishes. rubbers. bright-work. glass and chrome in excellent condition. In the repainting process. ALL bright-work was removed and all stainless steel finishes machine buffed and then hand polished before refitting - including the hubcaps. All lights. lenses and small fitments were meticulously cleaned before reassembly. The windshield and windscreen were removed so brand new rubbers were fitted. All side window rubbers at the base of the window chrome were replaced. New trunk rubber and bonnet seals were fitted. Nothing was over-looked. as you would expect on a high-end repaint. The car displays the elegant "RR" badges on the rear quarter "C" pillars. a signature mark for Long Wheel Base cars.

The interior of the car is in equally excellent condition and all original. It was lightly re-Connollised and the leather presents like factory original. It is without any tears or unsightly wear marks and displays the “toned rubbed leather” look. Original Connolly leather is coloured and then hand-rubbed with a "toner" that gives the grain depth - providing an antique burnished look. Whereas cheaply re-dyed leather is mono-coloured. meaning there is no burnished look and is simply the primary colour without "depth". There is some welcomed light patina throughout which looks great.

Door panels. dash & rear parcel shelf. span > interior chrome work. gauges and instruments are all in very fine condition. The carpets are the original Wilton pure wool.

The African burl walnut is stunning having been entirely redone by the wood-working division of Park-Ward Motors. All removed from the car. stripped and recoated with no less that 25 coats of clear lacquer hand-rubbed between coats to provide a final deep gloss finish. Simply gorgeous. The top parts of the door cappings were stained dark mahogany which was an identifying feature on this special "Large Rear Window" example. And. to add to all this beautiful look. Mother Nature graced the wood in this car with a very detailed and interesting combination of light and dark knotty grains that are heavenly delicious. It all looks truly stunning.

The trunk presents clean and tidy like the rest of the car. Tyres are quality Michelin XH4s. Period correct but not new (unavailable for a few years now) and probably should be swapped out if the intended use is regular driving. Quite acceptable as is for showing the car. however. The hubcaps are perfectly straight without any unsightly dings. dents or scratches.

Mechanically the car is fantastic. It has been work-shopped 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 various parts of the brake/hydraulic system. 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. Showing 38. 00 miles. who can be sure of its authenticity. but with a review of the condition of when we first received this example. and especially its original paint. interior and engine bay. this mileage is quite likely correct.

All Park-Ward cars are delivered with fully serviced ice cold A/C and good working heaters. All interior and exterior lighting are checked with all bulbs and lamps working as they should. Original jack and operating manual come with the car.

We make no apology for the price as it is a wonderful condition rare example. Of course. we will always consider offers. This is one of those Rolls-Royce where. no matter where you are going to. you will always feel "YOU have arrived".

~~ A pedigree collector edition Silver Shadow LWB with the special order large rear window. in one of the best combinations of all. It is in fantastic condition. Make no mistake. the new paint finish is stunning. to virtual show-standard and the car could be shown as-is at your next Rolls-Royce meet. It ranks very comfortably as a 91/2 out of 10 driver. ~~

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 150 high resolution photos


International buyers are very welcome!

The Long Wheel Base ("LWB") Silver Shadow is longer than the standard sedan by an additional 4” in length in the rear door. This provides considerably extra leg-room for rear seat passengers. The LWB is normally and easily identified by the unique smaller rear window and the Everflex vinyl top. This car was specially ordered with the larger rear window. *The often referred to "Sand over Sable" colour combination for Silver Shadows are actually called "Silver Sand" and "Astrakhan". The Sand and Sable nomenclature comes from the earlier Cloud series of Rolls-Royce and. being much loved. were colloquially referred to as such on later cars. The colours are indeed very similar between both models.

 







































    













    

    











    



    




Rear Quarter "C" pillar "RR" badges - a signature for the LWB.



Rare "special order" large rear window.





Flawless paint and stainless bright-work.
    







   

    

All warning lights work under test as they should - testament to a well serviced example.




    



   

    


Beautiful natural grains in the wood.





                   



    













Click HERE to see some 150 high resolution 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) with trained Rolls-Royce craftsmen who are proficient in all aspects. We have now exceeded 200 Rolls-Royces and Bentleys restored and sold for shipping world-wide from our current premises. 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. ”

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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 read auction terms and conditions below BEFORE bidding. **


Standard Terms & Conditions for all Rolls-Royce & Bentley sales by RRMOTORSINC:

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. 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 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 41 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. 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 +/-41 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.

PLEASE; IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS. CONTACT ME BEFORE YOU BID AS. RESPECTFULLY. THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

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.

~~oo00oo~~

~~ **Please note: This Rolls-Royce is part of the collection of the Park-Ward Motor Museum. As a professional collector and experienced restorer. I have my own Rolls-Royce dedicated workshop with qualified craftsmen on hand. As a passionate collector of the marque I take great pride and pleasure in passing on any of my cars to its next owner (“caretaker”). In so doing. once this Rolls-Royce is sold. I will put the car back 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". 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 7-10 business days for this procedure. For more information on the Park-Ward Motors 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 ~~



 

"RRMOTORSINC": Qualified & experienced in Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars world-wide for more than 30 years

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