The Silver Spirit was introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1980 as the first of a new generation of company models. It formed the basis for the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Touring Limousine, Park Ward, and Bentley Mulsanne/Eight series.
The Spirit/Spur carried over the basic design of the Silver Shadow, its 6.75 L L410 V8 engine and GM sourced THM 400 3-speed automatic gearbox, and similarly styled unitary bodywork manufactured at Pressed Steel. The Spur/Spirit continued the Silver Shadow’s emphasis on ride quality by utilising its hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, modified with Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers
The Silver Spur was a long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, and the was the first car to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy. Three incarnations of both cars appeared between 1980 and 1997; the Mark I (1980-1989), the Mark II (1989-1993) and the Mark III (1993-1996).
This stunning early Mark I Spur was first registered in 1983 to a member of the British Royal Household, registered on diplomatic number plates which have only more recently been removed. The Spur was finished in dark metallic Oyster with a gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy mascot and badges, and grey everflex roof. The interior was specified in grey leather piped in maroon, grey carpets and lambswool over rugs. Further enhancements included a decanter and document cabinets, front & rear head restraints, footstools, rear picnic tables and walnut wood trim.
This incredible specimen has covered just c. 10,500 miles from new, and offers we believe incredible value for vehicle of such low mileage and impeccable provenance.