OFFERING FOR SALE: 1971 Ford Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake
History of the Ford Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake Station Wagon
As a consummate car buff for over sixty years, I've had the pleasure of being the custodian of close to one hundred antique, classic, sports as well as multiple collector cars. Let's go back to 1951, my first antique, a 1931 Model A Ford rumble seat coupe. In rapid succession, two 1947 Lincoln Continentals, one a convertible, the other a sedan, then a Lincoln Mk II, an Auburn Speedster, a Type 57 Bugatti, three Bentleys, including Alfred Hitchcock's 1957 Bentley Continental. As a sports car buff, Ferrari is the magic name and four were added to the stable. The front wheel drive bug hit me and Oldsmobile Toronados became my winter cars, ideal to negotiate the hilly, slippery Massachusetts back roads. In between, Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds became my special-event driving machines.
Rolls-Royce automobiles have always fascinated me. Of all the cars I've owned, the unique grill with the Flying Lady attached makes a motoring statement that no other can duplicate. For the record, I have been a member of the RROC (Rolls-Royce Owners Club) for fifty years.
Though my chosen profession was the music business, my fixation on cars has been such that I opened up SCAR CARS (Sports, Classic Automobile Restorers) to maintain my cars and restore the cars of similarly afflicted car fanatics who knew my reputation and attention to detail. (My cars were Trophy Winners at Concours d'Elégances all over N.E.) I joined forces with Don White, a wizard in auto body technique, who had made me a star on the show circuit as well as with my friends. When the news got out about SCAR CARS we were immediately busy. Our claims to fame. We show-painted a Rolls-Royce Phantom II sedan, a Dino Ferrari, a Duesenberg SJ the first year along with other smaller jobs. (Yes, Don and company did all the work; I was the glory hound who loved every minute of it).
The time had come for me to buy a station wagon to move parts as well to travel to our camp in New Hampshire. Now comes the juicy part of this story. Reading a book on the history of Rolls-Royce, I was amazed to learn RR had made station wagons and estate wagons in the twenties and thirties. The bodies were made of wood and certainly made a statement. Rolls-Royce named them Shooting Brakes. Why you ask? Well, the major purchasers were Maharajahs from India. A special chair was fitted to the rear facing aft, set up so the Big Man could shoot elephants in the "brake". For those not yet familiar with “brake", check out your Funk and Wagnall’s or Webster Dictionaries. "Brake is an area with stumps, a thicket."
Then, the next step of the escapade hit me. RR hadn't made a Shooting Brake for 40 years; maybe it was time to introduce one again. The year was 1971. My stable featured older model RRs so I borrowed the Silver Shadow from a local millionaire and a demo Ford Country Squire from our local dealer. Don made his measurements and agreed it was a go. Next step, visit the RR dealer in Boston. Yes, I could buy a grill, Flying Lady, front quarters, bumpers, and tail lights. The Squire is 14 inches wider than a Shadow so there was plenty of Don White magic in the finished product. Made of all metal and lead. No plastic.
Five months later, the promo Shooting Brake was finished. Georgian Silver over Regal Red. This one was Rolls-Royce on the outside, stock Ford on the inside. I mailed my sales presentation to the RROC members in the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale area, the home of affluence and high style. Drove the car to Florida in January and returned with 5 orders. SCAR CARS was humming. The next models were improved with multiple RR type touches on the inside. A total of eight were built and everybody was happy.
Simultaneously, in 1993, someone made me a generous offer on the sample car and the estate of the first buyer offered to sell me their Shooting Brake, this model. With no mileage-less than 40,000 on the clock - and having lived in Florida since new, I made the move.
DETAILS: 1971 Ford Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake
This classic wagon is the ultimate “utilitarian" vehicle. Over the years, I have invested thousands of dollars both in the mechanics and the cosmetics. Literally, nothing has been left to chance. Never winter driven, body is straight and rust free.
I've added fender skirts with RR badges, custom wheels and roof rack to complete the RR look.
INTERIOR: now features a Rolls-Royce dash done over in Birds Eye Maple with RR gauges. As photos show, the black leather seats with red piping show minimum wear Back seats, brand new. Lamb’s wool over lays included, front, rear as well as in the rear service area. New A/C. AM/FM/CD with changer. Nardi wood rimmed steering wheel.
MECHANICS: fully updated. New 400 cid V-8 within past 1000 miles. All electrics AOK. Exhaust leak free. Custom dual extensions fitted. Suspension solid. Engine compartment well detailed. Rolls-Royce logos on both valve covers.
Be prepared for plenty of ogling as you drive by. Side by side with a factory built Silver Shadow, only the most jaded "expert" will realize the Shooting Brake was not manufactured in Great Britain.
PLUS: this car is a strong driver, a pleasure to enjoy in town and on the open road.
I almost forgot. Reason for selling. I'm 85 years young.
PRICE: $32,900 OBO
The time has come to close out a lifetime of living the exotic car life. I know the new owner will get as much pleasure as I have owning this Shooting Brake. I'm prepared to share my thoughts, my concepts as well as a lifetime of memories.
914 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420