I think one brutal truth about Rolls-Royce cars is that they are so well built that an eBay bought 1969 Silver Shadow bought for £4,100 with only a minor service then done on it can make it to the Arctic circle with very little trouble.
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If you are well prepared a Rolls Royce car will look after you.
Bear in mind that this is a 1960’s British made car, and overall 1960’s British cars to be kind don’t have the best reputation for build quality and reliability although this never really applied to Rolls Royces and we will soon see why.
Also bear in mind that this is a car that was relatively new to the owner/driver in this story, so it wasn’t a car he intricately knew the maintenance history of, or had looked after like a “baby” for years before this trip.
Text from You Should Drive A Vintage Rolls Royce To The Arctic Circle, Just Because You Can but it is well worth watching the original Youtube videos that I will link at the end of this answer.
In a recent two-part YouTube special, Harry Metcalfe took his 1969 Rolls Royce Shadow, which he’d purchased for four-thousand pounds, from its home in the UK up and around to the tippy top of Norway to see the Northern Lights. Would you have the balls to do the same?
The first video in the pair shows the car making it to the Arctic Circle with minimal trouble. Harry does use a navigation system, but he relies heavily on proper old-school paper maps to do a lot of his routing. It’s an endearing quality that matches the vintage Rolls quite well. By the end of the first video, Harry has visited Hell in a literal sense, and continued on to the marking of the start of the Arctic Circle.
Picking up where the first video left off, the second piece of the pie features the drive further north to see the Northern Lights and snap some gorgeous photography. From there, it’s just a turn around and go home situation.
Harry’s trip is inspirational. I might have to pack up and head out for the open road again soon. Maybe I’ll head to the northern tip of Alaska just to say I’ve done it.
The owner/driver bought the car for £4,100 performs a minor service and then sets off to the arctic circle and the Rolls Royce makes it with minimal trouble. Now this exceeded even the driver’s expectations and I think most of the viewer’s expectations as he does fill the car with a lot of spare parts and tools in preparation for a 1960’s British built car breaking down and otherwise not coping with Arctic circle conditions but being a Rolls Royce it made it with essentially no trouble.
Youtube Video Link -> Driving a ’69 Rolls Royce Shadow to the Arctic in the middle of winter
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