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Lot 2 - 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

Sold for £3,600

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: OAV581W
Chassis No: ACHO337
Mot Expiry: Oct 2007

A square-cut, broad-shouldered design, the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit was styled in-house by Austrian born Fritz Feller. Introduced at the 1980 Paris Motor Show, it enjoyed notably greater road presence than its Silver Shadow predecessor as well as a thirty percent larger glass area. Thus, while it looked suitably imposing from the outside, internally it proved pleasantly airy. Although, based on the Shadow floorpan, the Spirit offered considerable improvements in both ride and handling thanks to its new Girling automatic ride height control and gas shock absorbers. By combining copious amounts of sound deadening with the finest quality upholstery, Crewe's engineers kept intrusion from the 6.75 litre V8 engine and three-speed automatic transmission to a muted hush (unless the model's reputed 120mph potential was explored). Driver inputs were minimised with power assisted steering and disc brakes. Only in production between 1980 and 1989 (by which time it had gained Bosch fuel injection), just 8,129 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Saloons are thought to have been made.
Finished in brown with cream leather upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "presentable" (paintwork), "good for year" (bodywork) or "good" (6750cc engine, three-speed automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, wheels / tyres) condition. Reportedly entering the current ownership six years ago, the Silver Spirit is said to "drive smoothly and well". Believed but not warranted to have covered 115,000 miles from new (a figure partially substantiated by eight MOT certificates on file), we are informed that the four-door saloon will be arriving at Buxton under its own power. Representing a potentially inexpensive entry to Rolls-Royce motoring, 'OAV 581W' is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until October 24th 2007 and road tax until September 30th 2007.

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