August 17, 2008

Rolls Royce Station Wagon Back On Daddy Types, Still On eBay

This Is How They Rolls: Bugaboo Gecko + Silver Shadow Station Wagon

I guess it is a small island, so how far could they go? DT's family car man in London Wesley first crossed paths with this 1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow wagon on the street, in front of the V&A. Now just nine fortnights later, he's found it again, this time via his saved eBay searches.


The car, we learn, is known as the Silver Shadow Safari, and it was "converted at great expense by a marque expert." At great expense, yet alas, without great aesthetic success. Especially from the rear 3/4 view of that D-pillar and roofline, we are reminded of a camper top from the colonies. Unfortunate. So too, the aft storage bins, which, in the absence of boxes of shells or freshly bagged pheasants, strike us as unnecessarily obtrusive. At least we are assured the boot can still accommodate a Bugaboo Gecko. ['Ello, is that a spot of rust we see on the rear window frame, what what?]


At an opening bid of £25,000, the Silver Shadow Safari is 4-10x dearer than the more pedestrian 4-door saloons of similar vintage. Uniqueness demands a premium, of course, but we have seen Rolls Royce estates sell--and not sell--for much less. This wagon has already not sold for £40,000 on eBay, in fact, and we suspect this Safari won't be breaking camp for a new home until it lightens its load by another £5-10,000 or so. Unless, perhaps if that Gecko is included, and outfitted with matching Connolly hides...

1976 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER SHADOW SAFARI ESTATE | Totally Unique [sic], opening bid £25,000, ends Aug. 22 [ via dt reader wesley]


I hate those Webasto fabric sunroofs. Not a selling point. You're already cutting up a Rolls, go the whole hog and put in a glass one! Cheapskate!

Judging by the rust in the tailgate frame, the conversion is vintage, too, and predates decent roof glass technology. [Come to think of it, those rear side windows look a little off-the-shelf.] All of which makes me think the great expense of conversion was not necessarily borne by the current, young kid-having owners.

Is it my imagination, or does the rear glass look like it's been lifted off of a Jeep Wagoneer - the old, humongous one?

believe it or not i see this car today in kings lynn norfolk , driving on the A47 ,thought it was so unusal i had to google it and low and behold this is the exact car which you have in your picture nice one ..looks odd tho lol 17/09/2009

I may very bid on this dated monster, more research is due....hhhhmmm

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