Lot 26 (The Pavilion Gardens, 13th April 2005)
Sold for £41,062
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: VNP770L
Chassis No: DRH14618
Mot Expiry: April 2006
The Rolls-Royce Silver-Shadow was originally only made as a four-door saloon, though coachbuilders James Young did convert thirty-five cars to two-doors. H J Mulliner Park Ward crafted a two-door coupe in 1966 and a convertible version followed in 1967. With a more powerful motor, this model was renamed the Corniche in 1971.
This Corniche with lovely convertible bodywork by MPW was supplied new in 1973 and was in the hands of the last owner from 1978. The 28,700 miles displayed when entered for the sale is believed by the entrant to be the genuine total from new for the right-hand drive two-door, which, it is claimed, has seldom been subjected to being driven in the rain - indeed, former tax discs and correspondence on file authenticate the low mileage claim.
The current condition of VNP 770L is described by him as being both original and superb throughout. There is absolutely no rust apparent and the body, above and below, is said to be in excellent shape. The Caribbean Blue paintwork, the grey hide and the woodwork inside are also all excellent, whilst the 6750cc V8 is reportedly in excellent order and the three-speed automatic transmission is said by the vendor to change "imperceptibly". Included with the car are build sheets, lots of service bills and the original handbook.
Here is a stylish, coach-built, low mileage, open Rolls with well charted history. Great to look at, practical to own and enjoy and, in terms of investment potential, likely to be relatively gilt-edged.