Lot 10 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Registration No: LRO 35
Chassis No: SCAZN0002CCH04559
Mot Expiry: Sept 2020
PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but this Lot is Withdrawn from our 16th October 2019 Auction.
- From the estate of the late Les Reed OBE
- Last serviced in 2013 and nominal mileage since
- Offered with original service book and handbook
In the late 1960s and '70s, there was only one vehicle to be seen in if you were a successful celebrity: the Rolls-Royce, specifically the Silver Shadow or one of its derivatives. Everyone from George Best to Andy Warhol owned one, and the car soon became the mark of whether you'd 'made it'. By 1980, the model needed a re-fresh so Rolls-Royce engineers took the Shadow floorpan and updated it with a body designed in-house by Fritz Feller including rectangular headlamps, a more steeply-raked windscreen, paired 'armchair' rear seats and a digital instrument panel. Retaining the powerful 6,750cc V8 engine and GM three-speed automatic gearbox, this modern new celebrity status symbol was named the Silver Spirit, and in long wheelbase (17' 7 ½") form, the Silver Spur.
One celebrity who was unable to resist the charms of the Silver Spur was musician and songwriter Les Reed OBE. Best known for writing It's Not Unusual and Delilah for Sir Tom Jones, Les also wrote hits for Barry Manilow, The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis and had songs recorded by Elvis, Bing Crosby and Diana Ross.
Reed's unrestored 1982 Silver Spur is being offered today with no reserve by his daughter and retains his personalised 'LRO 35' number plate, relating to the Les Reed Orchestra and his year of birth. The car presents beautifully in Ice Green metallic paintwork with Forest Green leather interior and is described by the vendor as being in very good condition throughout. Showing 84,500 miles on the odometer, it comes complete with a comprehensive history file including the original complete service book and handbook. Waxoyled underneath, it was last serviced in 2013 with nominal mileage since, the car has a fresh MOT valid until 3rd September and a regular MOT history going back to 2006, supporting the vendor's description of the car being in 'very good' mechanical condition.