This 1969 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (chassis SRX6927) was built and campaigned by the 3 Pedal Mafia racing team in the 24 Hours of Lemons series. They had the terrible idea of racing a Rolls in Lemons, and this is the car they found. After buying it a year ago, it has since been the winner of Organizers Choice at the NJ race in August and winner of Index of Effluency at the NH race in October. It is currently registered and insured, has a current title, and is mostly as it was as they finished their last race. All modifications made are completely reversible if the new owners desires, and all parts removed will be included with the sale, as well as a complete 5-volume shop manual set, original owners handbook, and microfiches which document the original ordering, sale, and first few years of service of the car. It is now available in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania for $3500.
Rolls Royce Lemons racers tend to be maniacs, so we thought we’d let them use their own words to describe the story behind the car:
“I found this in a short and cryptic post on NJ Craigslist last December, and thanks to being quick to call and having a good story, we beat lots of other buyers to the car. The seller drove it into his garage 5 years prior, after the death of his father, who’s car it was. There’s a great story there, the father won it at an auction at a golf tournament, and enjoyed it during the last few years of its life. When we found it, it was a non runner, on collapsed suspension and tires, with rotten carpet and quite a moldy smell, and it was stone dead. With lots of fiddling, we got it running and driving, and through lots of work and sorting, it actually runs and drives pretty well now. We have driven it more than 600 miles, most of them at a modest pace on track, but with plenty of street miles thrown in.”
“A short list of the work we have performed: Rebuilt hydraulic pump and replaced some lines, flushing hydraulic systems, cleaning carbs, tuneup, Pertronix Ignitor, new front Bilstein shocks with Shadow II top hats, removal of air injection systems, fluid flushes, 5 new tires, and a new custom made 2.5- exhaust. We have made several modifications to pass safety tech including the roll cage and kill switch. In order to get the stock front seats back in after the last race, the door bars have been cut out of the cage, but those are quite easy to replace, and the rest of the cage remains intact, and is well constructed.”
“Most older Rolls Royces certainly have needs, and this one certainly has a number that you might expect at this price range. The self leveling system has been disabled and blocked off, the right front fender has some impact damage, the right front wheel has a bit more camber than the left, there is a patch over the driver-s floor due to rust. Many of the power options are cranky, including some of the windows and heater controls. The interior has no carpeting, and the leather and wood is worn. The left rear brake caliper has been bypassed as it needs to be rebuilt. There is probably more that I am forgetting.”
“That all being said, basically this is the cheapest running, driving, and somewhat sorted Rolls Royce that anyone would be able to find. It actually runs and drives fairly well, and starts up even after sitting for a few weeks in the winter cold. We have had our fun with it, and it is now time to pass it on to someone else to have the kind of fun that only a dirt cheap Rolls Royce can provide, and I-m looking forward to seeing where the future takes this car.”
Personally, we’d like to see this car off-road modified and run in the next NORRA 1000, but what you choose to do with it is up to you.
Click here to email the seller directly if you are interested.
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