We recently acquired a 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II, a rare example too. It has a fully painted roof, rather than the standard Everflex roof and a full back window, rather than the smaller opera size back window.
It is finished in Masons Black with cream leather interior and is in surprisingly good condition for a car of its age, no doubt helped by the many years that it received servicing at Crewe, then the Rolls Royce headquarters. That said, we were lucky to be offered the chance of seeing and buying the car at a sensible price, from ex-GCCG club members, following a bereavement.
Although still to be confirmed, the rare combination of the full painted roof and larger rear window make it a scarce car… further research is being done on this.
Since we were lucky enough to be the new custodians of this great lady, a number of ongoing repairs have been completed, with some still to come. So far we have had both the rear wheel arches repaired, air conditioning compressor replaced and the exhaust manifold replaced. All of which are not unusual, particularly the manifold, which is well known for cracking! Alongside that, the usual servicing and general maintenance and upkeep has been needed.
On the cards for 2014 is a full hydraulic service and other remedial paint work! If remedial can possibly apply to a Rolls Royce!!!
She drives like a dream and is certainly the pinnacle of ‘wafting along’ both to car shows and frequently an ad-hoc day out, whenever we fancy! This is further enhanced by the Harvey Bailey suspension upgrade, which dampens the characteristic wallow that Rolls Royceâ€™s have, especially around corners!
Many people think you have money because you have bought a Rolls Royce, but itâ€™s not the buying, itâ€™s the upkeep! Although compared with a modern car, it just about equates.
Originally we were looking for a Bentley, but we were invited to view this car, it beat our expectations and won our hearts… It would have been wrong to not jump at the opportunity.