Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10k: Shabby Chic: 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow James Young Coupe

Ludacris once eloquently stated, "I left the Jag and I took the Rolls." Mr. Christopher Bridges (now that's an English name if ever there was one) is right. $12,000 is a price point shared with an assortment of Jaguar road machines - cars with similar class and arguably similar lurking electrical problems - and, of course, a Nissan Versa. But no Jag can approach the panache of a classic Rolls Royce, let alone one of 35 built by English coach builder James Young. Find this 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow James Young Coupe in Front Royal, VA for $12,000 via craigslist.

James Young handled the coupe production of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow in 1966 and 1967. While 15 were badged as Bentleys, 35 bore the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. This one is sold by Rolls Royce specialists Moyer Motorcars, which should inspire more confidence than the usual craigslist fare of "would consider trade for a slammed Civic or lifted truck, or ammo."

You want patina? You got patina, and a mostly complete interior. Because of its 5,300-pound curb weight, pace will be slow from the 6.23L V8/4-speed Hydramatic combination. Although you'll find more than enough torque to haul your finest sows to the state fair. Should you find yourself with extra sows and the need for more power, there's room under the hood for truly anything your imagination can come up with. Like this $800 Dodge Magnum V10, a variation of which burned countless leg hair vis-a-vis the Dodge Viper

For the money, you could get a road-ready Rolls of the same vintage, albeit one with less historical significance... and patina. Having just unearthed itself from storage, and "running and moving under its own power," this coupe is selling for a fraction of its future restoration costs. Clear your calendar for months (at least ) of chasing hand-built parts around merry ol' England. Or let it deteriorate for that rat rod look.

Only three pictures were posted, so here's the staff of Moyer Motorcars on casual Friday. They look like circling vultures happy to help you with the restoration process.

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  1. All I can do is wish this seller a lot of luck unloading this. Rare coach builder or not, in excellent original or restored condition it has a street value of maybe $22-32k, and that with a very limited market especially one with right hand drive. With $12k spent outright for this one needing a top to bottom go-over, it will cost a lot, and I mean a LOT more than another 12-15k to fully restore it, even with one doing the work themselves without enlisting professionals. But than again the seller knows this, that is why it is for sale and not on their own restoration list.

  2. Hmmmm.a restoration shop that wants to sell it insead of rstorng it for an owner presumably. Wonder why? Never likes the checker cab proportions of the later ones. Give me a pre '63. Their Petersen '68 Lincoln Limo looks super cool.


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