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Royce Rolls

I want to buy a seventies or eighties Rolls Royce Shadow or Rolls Wraith. I have not yet won the lottery, but I have always loved these cars. British to the core, engineering excellence. I have about £15,000 to spend on a good one. I recently visited a dealer that specialises in the older Rolls. The dealer claims to be a hobby dealer. He says he loves the cars and for that reason he sells them as well. His stock of cars is truly immaculate, with service history and all paperwork, etc. The dealer’s prices are about 20% over the price of a normal older Rolls. I asked him why his cars are so more over the top. He replied, because the quality is unsurpassed anywhere. To cut a long story short, I have agreed to buy a Rolls Silver Wraith with a Harvey Bailey conversion. The dealer claims that the suspension is far superior with a Harvey Bailey conversion. Is this true? I have never heard of Harvey Bailey or his conversion.

Asked on 26 June 2010 by SS, via email

Answered by Honest John
A Harvey Bailey handling kit will transform a Royce from a roller into a limo that handles, without much of a downside. But the place to check on all these cars is the scuttle area in front of the windscreen. The bad ones are full of pudding there and it often cracks. The good ones just look good. However, a magnet will tell you for sure.
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