1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur
Sold for $93,500 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
In 1980, Austrian Fritz Feller was chief engineer of styling and future projects at Crewe. He looked to the Pininfarina-designed Camargue for design cues, resulting in the Silver Spirit of the 1980s.
In 1982, the Silver Spur could be ordered with an additional 36-inches in length providing ample interior room for occupants. A 42-inch version was available two years later. A single limousine with a 14-inch stretch was built in 1984.
Only two 42-inch stretch versions were built during the period. One was for Mr. Solove and the other for Frank Sinatra. Mr. Solove's car was finished in blue with matching blue leather interior. The interior features walnut veneer and deep-pile carpeting. There are individual, forward-facing seats at the rear. Between the two rear seats is a compartment with crystal decanter and glasses. Located next to the entertainment console is a rear-facing bench seat. The entertainment console consists of a television and stereo system.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
This example is the Mr. Solove car and has traveled a mere 38,000 miles since new. In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it was estimated to sell for $65,000 - $85,000. It was offered without reserve. Bidding surpassed the estimates, settling at $93,500 including buyer's premium. The lot was sold.
Sold for $34,515 at 2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge.
In 1980, Rolls-Royce was purchased by Vickers PLC. In 1981, the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit was launched. Mechanically, the Silver Spirit was designed to meet new international safety and emission regulations. Years later, in 1989, the long-wheelbase Silver Spur was introduced. It was four inches longer than the Spirit. The Spirit of Ecstasy was no longer fixed to the grille, but designed to retract into the radiator shell upon impact. A new suspension system with automatic ride height control gave the car a better ride.
The Silver Spur arrived in 1990. It had a revised fascia, with a new leather-bound steering wheel, electronic gear selection display and an automatic ride control system. It had a similar floor plan to its predecessor. Power was from a 6.75 liter V8 engine from the Silver Shadow. The Silver Spur featured ABS, fuel injection, automatic hydraulic ride height control system, gas-charged shock absorbers, and alloy wheels.
This Silver Spur long-wheel base has had a single owner since new. It has spent its entire life in Southern California and has traveled a mere 26,000 miles.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010
In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia auction presented by Bonhams. As bidding came to a close, it had been sold for the sum of $34,515 inclusive of buyer's premium.
This Silver Spur has just 6,000 original documented miles and is a two owner Rolls-Royce. It has a black exterior with black leather accented with red piping.By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
Sold for $19,800 at 2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur is the long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit. It replaced the Silver Wraith in 1980 while continuing the unibody construction initiated by the Shadow in 1967. In comparison to its predecessor, the Silver Spur was given more power and re-designed to be less upright. IN 1980, the base price for this model was approximately $119,000.
The examples destined for the United States were given a 6.75-liter aluminum V-8 fitted with Bosch fuel injection and offering 220 horsepower. The European examples were given carburetors. The cars were given burl walnut wood trim, Connolly leather hide interiors and WIlton carpets. The steering was power rack-and-pinion and Rolls-Royce used a hydraulic self-leveling suspension at the back. Power disc brakes could be found at all four corners.
This particular example has been lovingly held by the original purchaser and has been well maintained. It currently has 25,000 miles on the odometer.By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016
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 the new rear suspension. This new system had been launched during 1979 on the Corniche and Camargue models.
Many of the changes behind the development of the new car were down to impending safety legislation. The Spirit of Ecstasy, for example, was no longer fixed to the grille but designed to retract into the radiator shell upon impact. Other improvements included better ride comfort and a new suspension system with automatic ride height control.
The long-wheelbase version was called the Silver Spur. Four inches longer than the Spirit, it is identifiable by its extended rear windows and ever-flex roof. A special run of 25 Silver Spur Centenary models was produced in 1985, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the motor car in Great Britain and the production of the 100,000th Rolls-Royce.
The Silver Spirit II and Silver Spur II arrived in 1990. Outwardly similar to their predecessor, they were equipped with a revised facia, with a new leather-bound steering wheel, electronic gear selection display, and a sophisticated automatic ride controls system.
The Spirit III and Spur III were introduced in 1994, and again external changes were modest, although inside there was a redesigned instrument panel and new steering wheel, and engine refinements resulted in an increase in power.Source - Rolls Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
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, Touring Limousine, Park Ward, and the Silver Dawn. The complete line was replaced in 1998 by the BMW-powered Silver Seraph and the Bentley Arnage.
The Silver Spirit shared the basic floor plan and the 6.8 L V8 engine of the Silver Shadow. The Silver Spur used a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system along with gas-charged shock absorbers while keeping the high degree of ride quality and self-leveling suspension from the Silver Shadow. The first car to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy, the Spirit featured the spring-loaded Mascot which sank onto the radiator shell if dislodged from its position. From 1980 through 1989 a total of 6,238 Silver Spur models were produced.
Debuting at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Silver Spur II and the Silver Spirit II featured innovative suspension with a fully automatic system adjusting dampers at all four wheels in real-time. Standard on all models was ABS and fuel injection.
Introduced in 1993, the third generation of both the Silver Spur and the Silver Spirit featured improvements on the traditional V8 engine. Power output was upped with the addition of a new intake manifold and cylinder heads. The rear seats now adjusted independently while dual airbags were added as a standard feature.
Introduced in 1994 for the '94 and '95 years, the Flying Spur was a turbocharged version of the Silver Spur III.
Introduced in the latter part of 1995, the final edition of the Silver Spur and Silver Spirit debuted. The Silver Spirit name was dropped in favor of a new Park Ward Limousine. The long-wheelbase became standard on all models in 1997 and the limousine models offered extra-long only. A Garrett turbocharger was added on all models for 1997.By Jessica Donaldson