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Lot 418: 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

The Silver Spirit, introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1980, was the first of a new generation of models for the company. It formed the basis for the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Touring Limousine, and Park Ward. The same chassis was also used by sister company, Bentley, for its new Mulsanne/Eight series. The entire line was replaced with the BMW-powered Silver Seraph and the still Rolls-Royce-powered Bentley Arnage in 1998.The new car was not entirely new - it shared the basic floorpan of the Silver Shadow as well as that car's 6.75 litre V8 engine. The Spur continued with the high degree of ride quality and self-levelling suspension from the Shadow, this time using a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers. The Silver Spur was a long wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, produced at the same time, which was the first car to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy; the spring loaded Mascot sank onto the radiator shell if dislodged from its position. Maintained throughout its life by a number of different specialist garages, this example was a company car and the paperwork was filed with the company accounts. To this end, there is little to show apart from a UK registration certificate and old MoT test certificates dating back to 1999. Included with this Rolls-Royce is road tax and an MoT test certificate valid to March 2008.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number418
Estimate£4000-£7000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4940
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1981
Condition rating
Registration numberOX1 376
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCAZS0000ACH01478
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors