Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II with Royal Association
Sale price: £12,000.00 make an offer
Last update: 17.03.2014
Car location: Flore, Northamptonshire, United KingdomSale type: Fixed price listing
Technical specifications, photos and description:
|Color:||Le Mans Blue|
|Interior/Comfort Options:||Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Leather Seats, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Seats, Power Windows|
|In-Car Audio:||AM/FM Stereo, Cassette Player|
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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II with Royal Association for sale
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After Princess Margaret's death on the 9th February 2002. Griffin was made redundant from the Royal household and the decision was made to sell the Rolls Royce.
Having myself owned a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I and a Bentley T I previously. I had been looking for a Rolls Royce for sometime and had spent many months traveling the length and breadth of the country for that "special" motor car - my journey was over and after some negotiation I secured this fine motor car complete with it's HRH cherished number plate.
Since that day this fine motor car had affectionately been known as "Margaret" by our family and friends!
I have now owned this motor car for almost 12 years and after much deliberation have decided its time for her to go to a new owner.
Needless to say she drives like a dream and has always been maintained to a good standard.
Finished in metallic Le Mans blue and contrasting magnolia leather upholstery with blue piping. front and rear headrests. sheepskin over rugs. rear foot rests. air conditioning. cruise control. electric seats. headlight washers with brushes. electric windows. central locking. service history with a huge file of invoices. MOT certificates and tax discs.
MOT until January 2015 and Taxed to the end of April.
She sits as she should as you can see from the photographs and turns heads wherever she goes. if I was to be ultra critical I would say that there are a few rust bubbles showing on the rear arches but the price reflects this - I would welcome and encourage interested parties to come and see this magnificent motor for yourself. you will not be disappointed.
Below was taken from the Guardian - 4 December 2002 mentioning the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II
David Griffin. former chauffeur to Princess Margaret. tells Angelique Chrisafis there's a simple reason why staff sell bits and pieces.
'I always said. if you haven't got money. get as near to it as you can in case it rubs off. says Princess Margaret's former chauffeur. stroking a photocopy of a Christmas card from Princess Diana which he sold for £850. David Griffin. 54. a royal driver for 26 years. has framed the copy of the card featuring Diana. William and Harry and keeps it in his living room. "Mrs Wales we called her. It was a nice-looking card. But I had to sell it to pay off my mortgage. What do they expect us to do with them? Di used to send lots of cards and notes as if she knew they would be worth money. which I find rather conceited in a way. "Griffin. who sold a bundle of cards and notes for £10. 00 in 1998. was cleared by a palace inquiry of stealing the cards addressed to him from Diana. including one featuring a picture of two sperm announcing they were swimming down someone's throat. "Di and I used to compete to send the sauciest cards to each other you see. he says with a wink. Another card contained a lock of blonde hair. which was not Diana's. despite the excitement of an American dealer who bought it for around £800.
The palace's two failed butler trials and the emerging double economy of royal staff flogging stories about flogging items has revealed two things: that staff worked for a pittance and that they were a species of non-people - working in some kind of wonderland of prestige they knew would evaporate the day they left their grace-and-favour flats.
"I saw myself as part of the car. an extension of the steering wheel. says Griffin. "A proper royal servant is never seen and never heard. "
In the strange world of staff cottages in palace grounds. where most worked alongside great wealth but oddly had no access to it. some feel they deserved items. Often staff came to view notes from employers as a transaction. "Were you supposed to worship the cards and pieces of paper you were given?" asks Griffin. To dealers in souvenirs. they were investments.
When Princess Margaret died. Griffin was made redundant. Irate. he has refused all royal service medals offered to him. He lives on the Isle of Wight in his own flat that - somewhat ironically - he has fitted with red carpet. Paintings of Venus-style reclining semi-nudes line the walls alongside press cuttings about Princess Margaret's cars. White plaster statues of nymphs wrestling snakes compete with palm fronds. From a catalogue. Griffin has bought burgundy towels bearing a royal-looking crest. "I was strangely drawn to them. he muses. His aftershave bears three royal crests. The sale of royal cards helped to fund his flat and its decor.
There is also a large picture of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow he bought himself from the royal fleet and fitted with the number plate HRH 8N.
On top of the television set is a framed picture of the Kensington Palace days. Griffin's dog is sitting bolt upright in a courtyard wearing a bow tie. "She lived in a palace. so she dressed for dinner. he explains.
Like most royal staff. Griffin "ain't posh". If they did attempt to sharpen their consonants. Princess Margaret would raise her eyes to heaven and remark loudly to others. "What on earth is wrong with him?"
The son of a Hertfordshire printer. Griffin drove double-decker buses. trucks. "the white Rolls-Royce featured in Bergerac" and the 3am coach for Harrow underground workers until he saw an ad for royal drivers in 1976. "I wouldn't say I was an absolute royalist. I just thought they were the ultimate people to work for. the pinnacle of the chauffeur world. "
He has calculated he spent more time with Princess Margaret than he did with his own mother. although they didn't speak much. On long trips to Sandringham she would say only good morning. "There was no need to say more. she knew I knew the way.
"We preferred to work in total silence. so we didn't have to be friendly. We never used to try and chat. They used to say Princess Margaret could freeze a daisy at four feet by just looking at it. "
Her fleet of cars comprised a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith - she had the floor raised so she looked taller - a Mercedes Benz 320 as a runaround for private use. a small Daihatsu and a Ford transit minibus which the princess would use to ferry friends: "Six or seven people would pile in and shout: 'Orf we go on our outing. '"
Every day at 8am. Griffin would get up and polish cars inside and out. "Mid-morning. I'd drive the princess to the hairdresser's. he says. "Then she would go out for lunch at a nice restaurant. Then she'd come back to the palace and have a rest. Then she'd go to the hairdresser's for the second time in one day. Then I'd drive her to pre-theatre drinks. then to the theatre. then post-theatre dinner. And I'd finish about 3am. Sometimes this would happen every night. And I'd always be up at 8am. At the weekend. I'd drive her to the country. If she travelled to Europe. I'd get there first and pick her up at the airport in Prague. for example. so she never thought anything was different. "
There was no shift system and the palace didn't pay overtime. Griffin was taking home £1. 00 a month by the time he left.
"I feel I have wasted a lot of my life under an illusion that you do a good job and get rewarded for it. With the royal family. loyalty is a one-way street. We were scrabbling around to live. The royal family used to live with this sense that working for them was a great privilege. I'm afraid it's 2002 and the game is up. People can see through everything. "
He feels staff at Highgrove. Prince Charles's Gloucestershire home. will be the next to begin to unpick their experiences for the media if the disgruntlement with salaries continues. There is the danger of "celebrity butler syndrome". "The royal world was a never-never land for some staff who began to think they were important too. A lot of people started to forget about reality. And reality started as soon as you stepped out of the gate. Some couldn't grasp that and thought they would be looked after. taken care of when they left. The Queen Mum used to call it red-carpet fever. The only cure is getting out into the real world.
"The money never turned my head or affected me. I was told Prince Andrew didn't know what a mortgage was. Would you want to live like that?"
Nor does it turn you republican. Very few who have bought into the world of royal life and souvenirs want rid of it. although Griffin would offer some advice to the Queen: the senior servants and pen-pushers. he says. have too much power. Her Majesty must take advice on how to improve staff pay. And the growing interest in sleaze can only lead to more. "Sleaze has moved up the road from Westminster to Buckingham Palace and St James's. And people are ready to sell their stories. "
The car was also featured on the C4 program Come Dine With Me. driven by myself in November 2013 this link shows the car in all it's splendour: http://youtu. be/l5SJ4IcDon4
I have priced this to sell and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please note: No overseas bidders
For further details and an appointment to view. please message me.
Also published at eBay.co.uk
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Comments and questions to the seller:from Kev Stevens, dated 07 august 2016
Sir is your shadow still for sale?
from Ville, dated 22 april 2014
Do you still have your beautiful Le mans Blue RR for sale?
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