This is the most beautiful part
of the DM-37-65! Here still with the registration
number that it had until 1996.
page tells the story of my Silver Shadow,
registration number DM-37-65.
The meaning of
The presence of full history makes a Rolls-Royce
or Bentley a valuable property. The presence and
quality of the history is part of the valuation
and is of influence on the value of the car.
The history of my Silver
Shadow is not impressive. Yet I possess some
interesting papers and of course I collect
everything that has to do with the car myself.
All together the next history can be recorded.
Dates of delivery
The "date of sales" of my SRH6839 is
May 6 1969. The "warranty acknowledgement
date" is May 9 1969. The car is on May 9
1969 delivered to A.M. Armitage, Les Près,
Grouville, Jersey C.I., one of the Channel
Islands (C.I. = Channel Islands).
The first maintenance, to be performed on 3000 miles or 3 months, took place on
November 11 1969 at a mileage of 2930.
The second maintenance, on 6000 miles or
6 months, was done on June 23 1970 at a mileage of 7140.
All next maintenances are dictated with an
interval of 6000 miles or half a year. The
maintenance booklet mentions maintenances on the
following dates and mileages:
- May 7 1971 on 10.231 miles;
- September 5 1972 on 17.001 miles;
- November 22 1973 on 23.944 miles;
- August 20 1974 on 30.164 miles;
- September 1 1975 on 36.114 miles;
- May 13 1976 on 42.411 miles;
- March 7 1988 on 18.230 miles.
The Department of Transport made "testcertificates" on:
- Februari 26 1993 on 24.487 miles;
- November 22 1993 on 24.954 miles;
- December 16 1994 on 27.697 miles;
- Januari 6 1996 on 28.583 miles.
It is remarkable that the
mileage does not count from low to high. The
original speedometer is broken down on a mileage of 46.548 and replaced. The original speedometer
was saved with the car.
Jersey, Birmingham, Brighton
The car is told to have been on Jersey until 1973
and afterwards to have been the property of one or more owners in
Birmingham and Brighton, from 1973 to 1996. The maintenances
from Juni 1970 and May 1971 are stamped by the
garage at Bath Street in Jersey. The first
readable stamp afterwards is that from August
1974, stamped by a garage at Granville Street in
Birmingham. This garage has put the stamps until
1976. The stamp of 1988 comes from Aberaeron SA46
0DY and has been put by the Gwrthwynt Garage
(this name contains no mistakes; it looks rather
Welsh). In 1996 the car was purchased in Brighton and driven to The Netherlands.
At delivery of the car the following documents should
have been delivered: a handbook, a sales &
service handbook, a maintenance voucher book, a
radio warranty, a warranty paper and a copy of the
invoice. At this moment the warranty paper and
invoice are not present any more. But I do
possess the operating instructions of the
original radio and a roadmap to the factory in
Crewe. That the car has still the original
handbook and most of the tools, is remarkable. These items are often kept aside when
the car is sold.
In my possession
since May 1996
I bought my car at Globob Trading in
Heemstede (North-west side of the Netherlands) in May 1996. That day the car was only
one day in The Netherlands and wasn't yet
registered in The Netherlands. The registration
number mentioned the year 1973 as the year of
delivery. But in that year it was shipped from
Jersey to Birmingham. I have arranged an
administrative conversion to the original year of
delivery. In the first place because that is just
the year of production and delivery, secondly
because the car wouldn't have been 25 years of
age and in that case I would have been obliged to
pay road-taxes. My registration number DM-37-65
dates from August 3 1996.