These early Shadows are such wonderful cars, it's no wonder they were the car of choice for the vast majority of Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealers in period.
The earlier Shadow 1's are certainly the most desirable of the breed with their Chippendale dash, chrome bumpers and self levelling suspension on the front and rear.
Later cars only had the self levelling suspension on the rear & many of the 1's retrospectively had it removed from the front, pleasingly however ours is still in situ and she sits perfectly level.
The rare self levelling front suspension still being present hints at her overall originality, having never been restored & never needing to have been either.
Presented in Silver Mink over cream hide with proper hand painted coach lines either side of the chrome strip, this is the second such car we've had in this colour recently with the first going to a very well known collector before we had the chance to list her.
Her veritable mileage of just 72,000 miles must be one of the lowest available with accompanying history from every year since her production in 1969. There are stamps in her original service booklet, in her earliest period, many service invoices thereafter and even MoT certificates from 1974 onwards (nearly every year inclusive)
More recently in the early noughties Shadow Motorcars began looking after her and continued to do so until 2012, she was then bought by a trade friend of ours who has looked after her via his own team of engineers.
Although he only covered very minimal mileage during his ownership, about 1500 miles in the last 5 years, we of course have had a full test & report carried out, followed by a full service, re-gassed A/C and a fresh MoT applied without hiccup.
Additionally, as ever, our team have been over her with a fine tooth comb to make sure she's presenting beautifully.
Her paint has a very slight patina in some places as does her original wood and leather, importantly however it is clear that the leather has never been connolised
We have lubricated the hides with a few applications of hide food to keep her nice and supple - perfection
The glass too is all original with the front windscreen benefiting from the Sundym option.
All in all she ticks every box one would want for her to tick and will make a perfect Ascot carriage for us if no one decides to snap her up before then.........