Lot 21 (The Pavilion Gardens, 13th April 2005)
Estimated at £4,000 - £5,000
Registration No: 284 UKX
Chassis No: SRH23848
Mot Expiry: May 2005
This Shadow, a right-hand drive four-door, left the Rolls-Royce Crewe works in 1976 and, for over five years, has been in the care of a keen RREC member, who says about the only cosmetic flaw is some slight lifting of the walnut veneer under the windscreen on the driver's side.
Much has been spent since the mid-1990s with water pump, ignition components, track rod ends, brake discs and driveshaft UJ replaced and rear suspension receiving attention. More recently, a stainless exhaust was fitted and every year irrespective of mileage the oil and filter have been changed. The heater control valves were renewed only last year.
We hear that it drives beautifully, pulling up without deviation under heavy braking. The mid to dark grey paintwork is still shiny, the roof trimmed in blue Everflex, and the original push-button radio and eight-track stereo still work. The 88,014 mileage displayed when entered is believed to be the genuine total.
A `cherished' registration', 284 UKX, is included and therefore does not give away the year of manufacture. Some of these early Shadows have become extremely affordable of late, providing Rolls-Royce quality for virtually Mini money.