Park Ward was a coachbuilding company used by Rolls-Royce since the early 1920’s to build bespoke bodies for the luxury car manufacturer. By 1930, Park Ward’s work consisted of being 90% Rolls-Royce. By 1933, Roll-Royce had taken a large stake in the company and by 1939 they had taken full ownership of the company.
They also used another coachbuilding company known as H.J. Mulliner and also in 1939 this was sold to Rolls-Royce. Fast forward 20 years to 1961 and Rolls-Royce took the decision to merge the two companies to form Mulliner Park Ward.
With a workforce of 750 employees the coachbuilders produced some of the most luxury cars for Rolls-Royce and Bentley such as the Phantom V, Phantom VI, Silver Cloud II, Silver Cloud III, Bentley S2, Bentley S3 and the Corniche.
The two door saloon was designed by John Polwhele Blatchley, who had been designing for the Rolls-Royce car division since the end of World War II with his most famous design being the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.
It was marketed by RR as the Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two-door fixed head coupe. It wasn't until 1971 with their increased reputation that the Mulliner Park Ward was renamed to the Rolls-Royce Corniche.
This particular Mulliner Park Ward was built in the 50th year of distinguished service of HR Owen Ltd. The Rolls-Royce was purchased in America. It is believed that the Silver Shadow was used as a parade car for a General in the US Army, hence the low mileage.
The car stayed in America until around 8 years ago when it was imported back to the UK. Since being back in the UK it has been kept in dry storage and never really used. It wasn’t registered in the UK until 1st August 2020.
The Silver Shadow has received some paint at some point in its life, but this does look to be a long time ago. Some light recommissioning work and a service has been carried out to ensure the Rolls-Royce is running just as it should, followed by an MOT test which it passed with flying colours and no advisories.
The V5 is present and shows 0 previous keepers as it came from the USA. There are just two receipts for some parts ordered during the recommissioning of the Silver Shadow. Unfortunately, no other paperwork has come with the car. As mentioned the fresh MOT was carried out on 9th June 2021.
Inside, this 1967 Rolls Royce Mulliner Park Ward is in a very nice original condition. Open the door and you will notice the 50th year distinguished service plaque for H R Owen Ltd on the sill, you know you’re about to step into a luxury built car. The comfy front armchair like seats are in good condition, with no damage to show, and just some age related creases as you would expect.
The seats tilt forward as they should, allowing access for the rear passengers. The door cards are again in good condition with no obvious wear and just some creasing to the armrest.The electric windows operate as they should and even the window winders to open the quarter light windows are working correctly. The burr walnut door cappings are in excellent condition with no fading to the finish.
The dashboard upper part has escaped any cracking you often get on older cars, the burr walnut facia has escaped any fading but does have a very slight crazing to the lacquered finish. The instruments are all working correctly, with the oil pressure showing healthy when ticking over.
The odometer is showing a reading of 20,291, which the seller believes is genuine going from the history he’s been told about the car. Unfortunately, there is no paperwork to back this up, but going from the general condition of the interior and age of the Silver Shadow it would fit the story of a parade car, not many miles but has been stepped in and out of quite a few times during the mileage.
The electrics are all working as they should apart from the CD player which has been fitted. Also fitted is an aftermarket cruise control kit which is working as it should (used to, perhaps, keep the General at a steady pace during parades).
Into the rear, and the seat is in nice condition with no real wear to mention other than some age related creasing. The walnut trim is again like the front in lovely condition and the quarter windows open and close nicely. Up above, the headlining is still nice and tight with no sagging and is very clean. The carpets throughout the passenger compartment are excellent with no obvious wear to them. Included is the matching colour lambswool carpet mat, this does have a small amount of wear to the drivers heel pad.
The luggage area is nice and clean with no signs of any wear and tear. To the left is the battery and cover, and to the right is the original jack and wheel brace, with the spare wheel mounted on the underside of the car. Not often there, but always nice to see when it is there, is the original tool kit.
Finished in solid black, this 1967 Corniche is in lovely condition. As mentioned, there is a sign of the car receiving some paint at some point, but this does look to be a few years ago. The paint finish does have some age related cracking to the finish but its not flaking off anywhere, it is just cracked and fits in well with the patina of the Rolls-Royce.
Starting at the front, the chrome work on the bumpers and grille is in excellent condition with no signs of pitting or corrosion. The headlight surrounds are in the same condition, with no chips or cracks to the headlights or indicators. The famous Rolls-Royce grille is nice and straight with no dinks, and sitting pride of place is the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. The bonnet aligns straight and level with the wings.
Down the flanks of the two-door coupe are nice and straight with no damage, the doors align equal on both sides. The chrome trim around the windows is in excellent order with no pitting. The glass looks to be all original and with no noticeable scratches. The door handles and door mirrors are like the other chrome trim around the car and in excellent condition.
The red pin stripe sits just below the swage line which matches with the hubcaps. One thing to mention is that the Rolls-Royce is in excellent condition in the way of being free from any rust. The common areas such as the wheel arches are clean with no noticeable signs of rust and the same can be said for the underside of the car.
To the rear, the boot lid closes and lines up just as it should. The bumper, just like the front, is free from any corrosion or pitting, there is a small dent in the corner of the driver’s side. In pride of place is the Rolls-Royce badge. The light clusters are free from any cracking. The rear window rubber has a very small amount of age related perishing. The wheels on the Corniche are all in good condition, with the original RR badged hub caps present with a matching red pinstripe. The tyres were replaced when it came to the UK with Pirelli and, with hardly any use, are still like new.
The Silver Shadow uses Rolls-Royce’s well known engine, the Six and Three Quarter V8 which has aluminium cylinder heads and alloy block. This is coupled to a 3-speed automatic gearbox from General motors.
Give the key a flick and the Six and Three Quarter quickly and effortlessly awakens. The V8 ticks over with a low smooth purr, just as it should, with no strange noises creeping in that shouldn’t be there.
The seller reports that the car pulls well through all the gears of the automatic gearbox and again there are no noises on the transmission side of things. The suspension is typical Rolls-Royce, in a word, comfortable! It glides along soaking up any bumps with ease, there are no noises that shouldn't be there. The brakes bring the weighty Silver Shadow to a halt evenly.
Rolls-Royce! You only have to mention the name to anyone and you know it immediately says automotive luxury. Built by Mulliner Park Ward, the 1967 coachbuilt Silver Shadow is a stunning two-door coupe powered by the silky smooth Six and Three Quarter engine. It is simply built to cruise along with ease and comfort.
A lovely solid example with some age related patina, showing only 20,291 miles (obviously this cant be verified) but the overall condition of the Rolls-Royce does suggest that it certainly hasn’t had a hard life. This is your chance to indulge yourself with a piece of luxurious automotive history.
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