Very rare and desirable factory Long Wheel Base ("LWB") - with Division. In stunning virtual concours condition. His is a stunningly presenting, low mileage and excellent condition Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base ("LWB") with factory division. Finished in the very regal combination of Midnight blue (non-metallic) with Dove grey Connolly hides and matching carpets.
It has craftsman hand-painted fine lines to the waistlines finished in a matching light grey. The colour combination is rare and is very formal in its presentation. During the day you see the dark blue hue whereas in low light and night it presents as black. Rolls-Royce made only a very limited number of "limousine" division cars and on special order.
Less than 500 out of all 35,000 Silver Shadows built. The divisions were only fitted on Long Wheel Base cars providing electrically operated privacy glass between the front and rear compartment with a separate radio and entirely autonomous air conditioning system mounted in the boot that provided overwhelming climate control for its special VIP rear seat passengers. The division system includes a unique piece of burl walnut wood that traverses the width of the division and surrounds the radio and control section. The glass division can be operated independently by the driver or the rear seat passengers.Upon research, we learn that only some 10% of divisions were supplied so out of the total number of 2,780 LWB Silver Shadows built, this brings the number to about 300. With less than half surviving today - this makes this car 1 out of a possible 150 remaining world-wide. This Division has been in the hands of the right owners most of its life having been caretaken in more recent years by a small car collector enthusiast who hardly used it and simply admired it. When we received the car, it had the common issue, not-used-enough seized and overheated rear brakes but was ostensibly in original condition. A strong straight example of a Silver Shadow division now due for restoration. Such a nice example that we decided to do a deserving restoration to her. The exterior of the car was car accident free, without rust and the underside without scale and tidy. A complete re-paint in the original factory colour was undertaken by the Park-Ward Motors Museum and is now truly flawless without a single mark or blemish. It is entirely consistent in colour, finish and lustre - truly lovely - and the combination simply OUTSTANDING.
The exterior of the car presents absolutely beautifully with all finishes, rubbers, gaskets, glass, bright-work, lenses, hub-caps and the chrome in excellent condition. As part of the reconditioning process we removed all the bright-work and machined buffed every individual piece. This was followed by hand polishing and meticulous cleaning prior to re-fitment.Inside door edges and jams are incredibly clean and tidy without unsightly overspray or any signs of restoration. The fine lines on the car were applied in the same manner as Rolls-Royce did so to all its cars for many years; a trained craftsmen with a good eye and steady hand. With only the best squirrel hair brush the striping is applied entirely free-hand in one elegant stroke at a time.
The car came without fine-lines on the hub-cap beauty rings and we are checking original build sheets as to whether she had them originally. If so, they will be added at no charge. The interior of the car presents beautifully, and shows in amazing condition.
The Connolly leather remains without any unsightly wear marks nor tears and displays very clean. The headliner is brand new factory correct broad-cloth wool imported from the UK and is literally brand new in presentation. When we first received the car, the African burl walnut wood looked pretty nice but showing a few minor hairline marks in the clear-coat but we took the view; "what the heck" we've gone this far, lets make it perfect and we did so using the Crew formula of 20+ individually applied coats of clear lacquer each wet-sanded and hand rubbed between coats to bring it to the final glass like finish - a formula adopted by us straight from the craftsman at Crewe.
This includes the dash, centre console, door cappings and front and rear window finishers. The final product can only be best appreciated in real life. As a wonderful bonus, the wood sports a very detailed and intricate grain with a soft marbelling in the outer regions complemented by very intricate rich knotty burl at the inner/centre areas.
Such is the beauty of natural wood that Mother Nature can bring us something so beautiful and with the bonus that it is unique to this one Silver Shadow Division. Only Rolls-Royce can deliver such elegance. Door panels, interior chrome-work, gauges and instruments are all in very fine condition. Like the wood, we did the same with the carpets. With everything else looking so perfect, the couple of little marks on the original carpets prompted us to fit brand new ones; hand-made by us, factory correct Wilton wool throughout.And at no compromise, with correct stitched leather rolled edging just like factory. The dash pad is perfect and the rear parcel shelf redone new with the headliner.
The trunk presents perfectly; clean and crisp like the rest of the car. Tyres are brand new correct fitment 215/75/15 whitewalls, still sporting the coloured production lines between the tread. The hubcaps are perfectly straight without any kinks or rashes and the stainless steel recently polished to a mirror finish. Mechanically the car is fantastic. It has been recently work-shopped with the entire car "re-commissioned" from its days of rest.
This includes all the hydraulics and braking system. With the car having low mileage and all the signs of having been laid-up correctly, she is very tight and in true operating condition.The engine purrs and gear-change is smooth and quiet. She rides down the road without rattles or thumps. Showing only some 56,000 miles, who can be truly sure of its authenticity, but with a review of the overall condition and especially its interior (inside the doors, foot pedal, etc), engine bay and under-side, this mileage is surely correct. Both front and rear compartment A/C units blow ice cold and the heater works well.
All interior and exterior lighting has been checked with all bulbs and lamps working as they should unfortunately at the time of photographing, an incorrect headlamp unit was fitted. This has been corrected with 4 brand new units. An original jack and the operating manual come with the car. This is one of those rare Rolls-Royce finds that has found its way to the right people for re-commissioning. All our cars are not just "tidied up" for sale but are subject to professional Rolls-Royce inspection and service to ensure it is in good operating condition.This includes important and expensive attention to the entire hydraulics and braking system to include; brake pumps, accumulators, hoses, lines, valves, calipers and pads. A pedigree Silver Shadow LWB - with Division, in a most desirable colour combination. It is in fantastic condition. Make no mistake, the car could be shown as-is at your next Rolls-Royce meet. It ranks unquestionably as a 10 out of 10 driver.
International buyers are very welcome! For extra photos on this fine example go to the link below.
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.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. We hope you do too. 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. 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.
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. Please 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). 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 is all done at NO CHARGE. 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.
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. 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. 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". 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 25 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.
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.Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in most US states, the mileage may be recorded as exempt. 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. 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. PLEASE; IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS, CONTACT ME BEFORE YOU CONTEMPLATE DOING SO AS, RESPECTFULLY, THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS. 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!
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. We call this; "Predelivery Commissioning". We will keep you posted every step of the way.
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB with Division. 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. 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. Add a map to your own listings. The item "1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base (LWB) with DIVISION" is in sale since Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Cars & Trucks\Rolls-Royce\Silver Shadow". The seller is "rrmotorsinc" and is located in Barrington, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.