1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260

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1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd Registration no. AAC 35H Chassis no. CRH7260

Sold for £ 20,700 (US$ 25,860) inc. premium
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd

Registration no. AAC 35H
Chassis no. CRH7260
*Limited edition coachbuilt model
*Delivered new in the UK
*Restored between 2013 and 2015
*Present ownership since 2013

Footnotes

  • The motor industry's almost wholesale switch to unitary construction and, in particular, Rolls-Royce's adoption of the method for building its new Silver Shadow, meant that by the mid-1960s the market for traditional coachbuilt automobiles had been severely curtailed. Of the many hundreds of firms trading pre-war, just two - James Young and the now combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd - were left to meet the demand for a coachbuilt Rolls-Royce or Bentley, though these might be more accurately termed conversions rather than 100 percent bespoke creations.

    Recalling its glamorous Grands Routiers of pre-war days such as the Phantom II Continental, Rolls-Royce's final coachbuilt models - entrusted to the company's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward - were limited to just two, a two-door coupé or similar convertible, the former arriving in March 1966 and the latter in September the following year. The cars were hand built in the best traditions of British coachbuilding using only materials of the finest quality, including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hide and burr walnut veneers, a necessarily lengthy process that took all of 20 weeks for the saloon and slightly longer for the more complex convertible. This painstaking attention to detail resulted in a price some 50% higher than the standard Silver Shadow's. Nevertheless, demand for these more glamorous alternatives to the much more numerous Silver Shadow was strong right from the start, a state of affairs that resulted in them being given their own model name - 'Corniche'- in March 1971.

    This Silver Shadow Coupé was purchased new by David Barker of Jabez Barker & Sons Ltd, London NW10. Restored between 2013 and 2015, 'AAC 35H' is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition. The car is offered with its original service booklet, a current MoT certificate, a V5C registration document, and a copy of an old V5.
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1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupé  Chassis no. CRH7260
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