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Lot 253: Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Saloon

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Typically Rolls-Royce in so far as it represented evolution rather than revolution, the Silver Spirit and long-wheelbase Silver Spur were based on the preceding Silver Shadow II to which they bore a distinct family resemblance. The Shadow's floorpan was retained and power-train differences were minimal, the newcomers' chief advance over their immediate forebear being the heavily revised and improved type of rear suspension that had first appeared on the company's two-door models. The styling too came in for revision, with a lower waistline, increased glass area and a more-modern angular look; rectangular headlights graced the front of a Rolls-Royce for the first time, and the oft-changed radiator became wider and squatter. Inside, the Crewe firm's exemplary standards of equipment and finish were maintained, the most noticeable change being the adoption of separate rear seats and the reinstatement of folding picnic tables. By now all cars, regardless of final destination, came with a Bosch fuel-injected V8 engine in three-way catalysed 'California' specification capable of meeting all current emissions targets. The long-wheelbase Silver Spur turned out to be a major success for Rolls-Royce and by 1985 accounted for almost the same number of sales as the shorter Silver Spirit despite being around 20% more expensive. Supplied new via Jack Barclay Ltd of London, this Silver Spur was kept by its recently deceased owner for 12 years and used sparingly during his ownership. We are advised that it has always been a private car and has never been used for either taxi or for private hire. Currently displaying a total of 46,380 miles on the odometer, 'F692 OYW' is described by the vendor as in generally good condition and offered with sundry bills, current road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document. The Motorola car 'phone is in working order.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number253
Estimate£9000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9430
Year1989
Condition rating3
Registration numberF692 OYW
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCAZN00A8KCH26069
Engine number66629L410I/9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4