June 28, 2015

Made Like They Used To: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Shooting Brake

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We are on a road trip, and have spent the last week visiting with family in Orange County, Newport Beach, to be precise. Which has presented many opportunities to explain to the kids that Rolls Royces and Bentleys used to come from the same company, and that they were very fancy, and handbuilt cars of some rarity and prestige. And now they are ridiculous embarrassments of bad taste, bought by people who literally have too much money and too little sense for how to spend it well. So it's been a disheartening exercise.

The appearance of this 1968 Silver Shadow shooting brake thus comes at an excellent time, and it reminds us of an age gone by, when people with too much money did have some sense for how to spend it, and so they made station wagons out of unchanging Rolls Royce Silver Shadows and drove them across the lawns and fields of their hunting estates. Those were good times.

Blenheim Palace auction, 11 July 2015, Lot 217 - 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow "Shooting Brake", [improbably est.] £48,000 - £60,000 [coys.co.uk via dt shooting brake analyst dt]

Previously, just one of many: The Station Wagons Of Rolls Royce Not Exactly The Rolls Royces Of Station Wagons

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