Offered for sale is this superbly preserved and oh so chic 1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. This three-owner example has covered less than 22,000 miles in forty-five years!
This beautiful and stylish Rolls-Royce was ordered by a Mr. F. Farey of Girton, Cambridgeshire from Murkett Brothers, Rolls-Royce Distributors of Peterborough. There is an interesting letter on file from Murkett Brothers to Mr. Farey dated May 1972 stating that they were unable to offer delivery on a new Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow for sixteen months. This confirms the high demand for the model at the time.
Mr. Farey went ahead and ordered his new car in a particularly attractive and unusual specification. Externally the car received the special-order colour of non-metallic Coffee Bean Brown. Beige Connolly hide was specified for the interior and unusually, a Woolcloth headlining in the colour of ‘Fawn’ rather than the standard grey Ambla vinyl. Furthermore, Nylon overlays (rugs) were requested rather than the usual lambswool items as Mr Farey believed Nylon to be harder wearing. Quite unnecessary as it turned out as the car went on to lead such a cossetted life. The Nylon overlays were dyed to match the Cumberland Stone carpets. Even the footstools had removable Nylon ‘fur’ covers in Cumberland Stone. Pragmatically, an internally-adjustable driver’s door mirror was also specified.
Original documents from the car’s extensive history file confirm that Mr. Farey traded in his 1970 Silver Shadow against his new car. The original delivery receipt shows Mr. Farey’s new Rolls-Royce was registered NEW 70M on the 1st August 1973, the number the car retains to this day. The original invoice shows the total price of the car was £10,942.54 including delivery.
Sadly, according to a handwritten note in the history file, it appears that Mr. Farey died shortly after taking delivery and the car then passed to his nephew, Mr. R. Everdell of Huntingdon. It is believed Mr. Everdell stored the Rolls-Royce in a clean and heated extension to his house which helped to preserve the car.
Stamps in the service schedule show that Murkett Brothers maintained the Silver Shadow until 2004 when, with 20,000 miles showing on the odometer, it was purchased by its last owner, a Professor residing in Peterborough. At the same time maintenance passed to Rolls-Royce Specialists Colbrook, also of Peterborough.
A new complete stainless-steel exhaust system was fitted by Colbrook in 2012. In November 2018 the car was recommissioned by Colbrooks. Works included new front and rear brake calipers and pads, new front dampers, four new tyres and a service. Invoices totalled £5,600.
This lovely Silver Shadow comes with an extensive history file that contains many original documents, invoices, MOT certificates and tax discs. Also present is the original sales brochure with a Murkett Brothers stamp to the front cover. The car also has its large and small toolkits and a set of spare keys.
In the glovebox is the original handbook wallet containing hardback Owner’s Handbook, stamped Service Schedule, Warranty card, Rolls-Royce Sales & Service booklet, Owner’s Information booklet, Radiomobile Car Radio instructions and guarantee card.
Today the car is a wonderfully well-preserved and original example of a Silver Shadow in a particularly attractive and period colour scheme. The interior smells just right and the car is a joy to drive. It really is one of the best-looking examples I have seen and is now ready for its next custodian.
Viewing by appointment only.
30/07/1974 Service (Murkett Brothers) 2,707 miles
03/05/1976 Service (Murkett Brothers) 6,439 miles
15/05/1980 Service (Murkett Brothers) 13,111 miles
01/08/1984 Service (Murkett Brothers) 17,225 miles
23/05/1994 MOT 19,755 miles
05/07/2001 Service (Colbrook) ?
05/05/2004 Service (Colbrook) 20,270 miles
10/12/2008 Service (Colbrook) 21,043 miles
10/12/2008 Service (Colbrook) 21,309 miles
19/08/2005 MOT 20,655 miles
15/08/2006 MOT 20,765 miles
02/05/2007 MOT 20,771 miles
03/05/2007 Service (Colbrook) 20,765 miles
18/08/2008 MOT 20,947 miles
10/12/2008 Service (Colbrook) 21,043 miles
30/10/2009 MOT 21,142 miles
10/11/2010 MOT 21,213 miles
06/11/2012 MOT 21,220 miles
01/08/2014 Service (Colbrook) 21,494 miles
19/11/2018 Service (Colbrook) 21,536 miles
19/11/2018 MOT 21,547 miles
28/11/2018 Service (Colbrook) 21,536 miles
19/12/2018 Service (Colbrook) 21,549 miles
12/07/2019 Service (Phantom Motor Cars Ltd) 21,903 miles