1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon  Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184

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1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon
Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184

€ 30,000 - 50,000
US$ 31,000 - 52,000
1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon
Chassis no. LRA12956
Engine no. 14.184
Introduite en réponse à une demande en faveur de voitures conduites par un chauffeur, cette variante à empattement long de la Silver Shadow (appelée « Formal Sedan » aux USA) apparut en 1969, date de la mise en conformité de l'ensemble de la gamme avec les normes fédérales américaines en matière de sécurité. Le châssis séparé ayant été abandonné, la construction en fut confiée au carrossier intégré à Rolls-Royce, H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd qui exécuta l'allongement nécessaire en coupant en deux une coque standard et en soudant des pièces d'extension. Outre les 110 mm ajoutés à l'empattement et l'allongement des portes arrière, la Shadow « longue » reçut une lunette arrière discrètement réduite, un toit revêtu d'Everflex et, sur commande, une séparation et une climatisation bizone. Bien que parfaitement adaptée aux fonctions officielles et autres utilisations cérémonieuses, la Shadow « longue » séduisit aussi les propriétaires conducteurs et leur famille qui appréciaient, notamment lors des longs déplacements, le gain d'espace offert. Ce modèle fut rebaptisé « Silver Wraith II » lors de l'introduction de la gamme Shadow II.

Cette Silver Shadow longue à conduite à gauche fut livrée neuve aux Etats-Unis et vendue par l'intermédiaire de Rolls-Royce Inc. de New Jersey à L B Auto Leasing Inc. Lexington Avenue, New York City. Les documents d'usine (dont une copie figure au dossier) révèlent que la voiture fut vendue sans séparation intérieure, peinte en Seychelles Blue avec un toit gainé en Everflax bleu foncé et un intérieur en cuir magnolia, et chaussée de pneus à flancs blancs. Aux Etats-Unis, la voiture fut revue par le célèbre et regretté architecte d'intérieur Pierre Scapula réputé pour son goût et ses connaissances en matière de mobilier ancien, d'argenterie, d'œuvres d'art et d'automobiles. Actuellement en Suisse, la Shadow fut exposée au Musée de l'Automobile à Genève en 2003.

Le vendeur nous a précisé que la voiture a bénéficié d'un entretien régulier dont une révision totale de la boîte en 2004 et que les factures depuis 2003 totalisent 30 000 francs suisses de travaux. Peinte en gris métallisé avec intérieur en cuir beige et décrite comme étant en bon état général, cette superbe Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow est accompagnée de son permis de circulation suisse et de son contrôle technique. C'est là une occasion unique d'acquérir une Rolls-Royce véritablement unique.

Introduced to satisfy the chauffeur-driven market, the long-wheelbase variant of the Silver Shadow (know as the 'Formal Sedan' in the USA) first appeared in 1969, its arrival coinciding with the entire range's standardisation around the Federal Safety Regulations. A separate chassis having been dispensed with, construction was entrusted to Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd, which achieved the required stretch by cutting a standard bodyshell in half and welding in extender panels. In addition to the 4" wheelbase increase and lengthened rear doors, the long-wheelbase Shadow came with a discreetly smaller rear window, Everflex roof covering and, if ordered with limousine division, separate air conditioning for front and rear compartments. Although ideally suited to 'official' duties and other such formal work, the long-wheelbase 'Shadow appealed equally to owner-drivers and their families, who appreciated the increased roominess, particularly over long journeys. The model was renamed 'Silver Wraith II' on the introduction of the Shadow II range.
This left-hand drive long-wheelbase Silver Shadow was delivered new to the USA and sold via Rolls-Royce Inc of New Jersey to L B Auto Leasing Inc of Lexington Avenue, New York City. Factory documentation (copies on file) records that the car was supplied without an internal division and was finished in Seychelles Blue with dark blue Everflex roof and magnolia leather interior, and was equipped with whitewall tyres. While in the USA the car was restyled by the celebrated interior designer, the late Pierre Scapula, who was also renowned for his taste and expertise in antique furniture and silverware, fine art and automobiles. Currently resident in Switzerland, the Shadow was exhibited at the Musée de l'Automobile in Geneva in 2003.
We are advised by the vendor that the car has benefited from regular maintenance, including a complete transmission overhaul in 2004, there being invoices on file dating back to 2003 totalling CHF 30,000. Finished in grey metallic with beige leather interior, and described as in generally excellent condition, this unique Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is offered with Swiss Permis de Circulation and Contrôle Technique. An ideal opportunity to acquire a truly unique Rolls Royce.
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1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon  Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184
1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon  Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184
1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon  Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184
1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon  Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184
1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow LWB Saloon  Chassis no. LRA12956 Engine no. 14.184
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