1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur

The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit was introduced in 1980 as the first model in the SZ series, and was the long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit. The Spirit was the first car with the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy - a spring-loaded Mascot which stank into the radiator shell if dislodged from its position.

Both the Spirit and Spur retained the basic design of the Silver Shadow and was powered by its 6.7-liter V8 engine backed by a GM sourced THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission. Both the Spirt and Spur had a self-leveling suspension from the previous model Silver Shadow, though in this application using a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers.

The Spirit / Spur continued Rolls-Royce's tradition of evolution rather than revolution. Though based on the Silver Shadow II, the Spirit / Spur had a lower waistline, a more modern angular appearance, increased glass area, and an interior that exemplified the Crewe firm's high standard for fit and finish.

The Limousine variant of the Silver Spur could be had in three varying stretched wheelbases: 14-in., 36-in., or 42-inches. Options included an electric sunroof over the passenger compartment, lady's vanity case in the rear armrest, curtains in the passenger compartment, a flag mast, and power rear seat.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

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In 1980 a new range was introduced the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur. Externally these cars were entirely new, but retained most of the chassis platform of the Silver Shadow. The major exception was the rear end, which was modified to accept new rear suspension. This new system had been launched during 1979 on the Corniche and Carnague models. Many of the changes behind the development of....
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The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur has been quoted as being ‘a highly expensive, prestigious car with inordinate incidence of repair.Introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1980, the Silver Spirit was the beginning of a new generation of models for the company. The Silver Spur was produced at the same time and was a long wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit. The Spirit formed the basis for the Flying Spur,....
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