Lot details Registration No: LSJ 711 Chassis No: SCAS0008HCHZ0104 Mot Expiry: Oct 2009
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 Ocean Blue with Dark Blue leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "excellent" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, bodywork and paintwork. While, he considers the interior trim to be "almost as new". Reportedly among the earliest UK-supplied Silver Spirits to feature fuel injection (something of an innovation for Rolls-Royce), the luxury saloon is further understood to have worn the number plate `RR 1' during its time as an H.R. Owen demonstrator. Showing just under 76,000 miles on its odometer, the car is said to "have travelled less than 12,000 miles since 1990" (a figure apparently substantiated by "full service history and all MOTs"). Sporting the cherished number late `LSJ 711', this nicely presented Silver Spirit is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until October 2009 and current road tax.