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Long Wheel Base Rolls. Lovely original presenting example in fine condition.

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02.06.2013: $34,409.00

Car location: Barrington, Illinois, United States

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Long Wheel Base Rolls. Lovely original presenting example in fine condition. for sale

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~~ For those of you who follow my auctions. I take pleasure in introducing our new range of "lower priced" Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows. For those who are new to my offerings; we normally present Crewe cars that have been totally refurbished - often with new paint jobs and cars that have been considerably and meticulously restored to bring them to the highest standards (eg: $40-50. 00 Silver Shadows). These new "cheaper" range of Silver Shadows are equally good mechanical. electrical and operational cars that have all been thru the same high level workshop standards of the Park-Ward Motor Museum. carried out by our Rolls-Royce trained craftsmen without compromise. The difference is only minor aesthetic ones. For example. a car may have slight cosmetic flaws in the interior. the paint or bright work which have not been addressed (as we do on our other cars) to keep the price down (around $30. 00). but are still very nice driver quality examples that can be enjoyed and shown with pride. Please enquire as to the specifics and then you. as the buyer. can then decide if you want to rectify these cosmetic aspects at your own leisure. Or. we can do them for you prior to delivery. Please note. in no way are any of the aesthetic items of a gross or major nature. The car is still lovely - as the photos clearly show! They are simply items that are considered acceptable for driver use and intentionally left to keep the purchase price down. We reiterate. NO compromise is made in the mechanical and operational maintenance and serviceability of our offerings - this is something we will never allow. Please enjoy! ~~






Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II




One of the last Silver Wraith IIs ever made - final production AFTER the last Silver Shadow II!



Here is a fine and clean example of a Silver Wraith II. Finished in Porcelain white with a Royal blue Everflex vinyl top and matching fine lines to the waist-rails. The interior has handsome Royal blue Connolly hides with contrasting Wedgewood blue Wilton carpets. The same Wedgewood blue theme carries through to the boot.   


The Silver Wraith II is the long wheel base version of the Silver Shadow II. Easily identified by the smaller 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. 1980 was the last year of the Shadow series (1966-1980) so this car has all of the small design improvements developed by Rolls-Royce along the way. The best of the last! Interesting info for the collector; This car is VIN 41610 and the last Wraith II was 41648 making this the 38th last Wraith II built. It surpasses the last Silver Shadow II ever built by 9 cars (41601).


This is an unmolested example that has been nicely maintained and presents in good and above average condition. It is primarily all original with no modifications - right down to the original Blaupunkt push button radio and separate cassette player. This was a southern state car most of its life. As a result. it has been freed from the perils of harsh weather and is clean underneath. By the condition of the Everflex top and interior. nbsp;it appears to have always been garaged.   It has always been well maintained and serviced and comes with its original manual.


The Silver Wraith II presented here has been fully work-shop inspected with all work needed carried out. Important costly items such as the hydraulics and brakes are fully inspected and serviced as required. This includes checking of brake pumps. accumulators. valves. calipers. pads. all brake hoses and system flushed. pressure tested and bled. It is ready to drive and enjoy. The odometer shows a low 63. 00 and although this is not verifiable. the mileage is commensurate with the condition (particularly when you look at the condition of the interior. under-hood. brake pedal etc). It is very quiet and smooth on the road without any of the typical “thumps” and “rattles” typical of poor (or even averagely) maintained examples of this model.


The interior looks very nice. The Royal blue leather is in good condition with no tears nor fading and supple and soft – true to its Connolly characteristics. The leather was recently refurbished and reconnolised . The burr walnut wood throughout the car is in wonderful condition. It is the light "amber" Milanese burl. The door cappings were redone to “factory standard” by a leading California wood re-finisher at a cost of some $2. 00. The process was done in accordance with the Rolls-Royce "multi-layer lacquering technique" which involves painstaking wet sanding and buffing by hand between all coats. The dash is the original finish and still in very good condition. The final finish on the wood throughout is very fine and consistent.


The head lining is original and in good condition. The carpets with leather binding are in fine condition. The boot (trunk) carpet with the same theme is also in good condition.


The body on this Wraith II is straight and the paint is shiny and lustrous. The car was repainted in its original colour some 15 years ago and was a quality job. The finish is consistent and it looks smart. When you look down the sides of the car. they are straight and true. The paint presents well but with the sort of blemishes here and there you might expect for its year but considerably less than typical examples. It is not perfect and there are signs of age to include chips. blemishes and some signature cracking in the lead-wiping areas of the car (Rolls-Royce used a process known as "lead-wiping" in which lead was used to join body panels as opposed to bondo. It was a true craftsmen process - lost in modern car manufacturing methods. With this art. came issues of the lead expanding and contracting at a different rate to the steel and aluminum on the car causing certain places of the overlying paint to stress crack. Literally. every Silver Shadow ever made now displays this symptom). So please do not expect perfection from a show car point of view but it is otherwise very nice for driver use. The Everflex vinyl top. standard fitment on all Wraith IIs. is excellent.


The car has Goodyear white-wall tyres fitted with plenty of tread and the hubcaps are excellent with no imperfections in the stainless caps. All remaining bright-work is in good condition. All electrics have been checked right down to the smallest and insignificant dash and courtesy light.


Under the bonnet. the presentation is lovely. It has not been precision detailed but simply kept clean and tidy throughout its life. The under-bonnet heat pads are excellent (these are usually all deteriated and falling apart).


As you would expect. this Wraith II comes with its original jack (still wrapped in its original factory "wax" paper!). correct tools and operating manual.


The car is of a high standard and is an easy 8 out of 10 driver rating.


~~ This stately Wraith II is a lovely representation of the marque that is ready to be driven and enjoyed. It makes for an excellent everyday driver or sunny weekend enjoyment. Take her to your next Rolls-Royce meet and you will attract attention! ~~


Interesting information on the Silver Shadow series


The “II” mark provided considerable improvement over the earlier Silver Shadow. In 1977. the model was renamed the Silver Wraith II (Shadow II) in recognition of several major changes. most notably rack and pinion steering. modifications to the front suspension which improved handling markedly. a dual exhaust along with the first-to-market fully automatic dual system air-conditioning system and a modernised and improved dash lay-out. The model represents the pinnacle in design features for the Silver Shadow series that started production in 1966.


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.


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