Announced in the autumn of 1980 and typically Rolls-Royce in so far as it represented evolution rather than revolution, the Silver Spirit was based on the preceding Silver Shadow II to which it bore a distinct family resemblance. The Shadow’s floorpan was retained and powertrain differences were minimal, the Spirit’s chief advance over its immediate forebear being the heavily revised and improved type of rear suspension that had first appeared on the company’s two-door models. The styling too came in for revision, with a lower waistline, increased glass area and a more modern angular look; rectangular headlights graced the front of a Rolls-Royce for the first time and the oft-changed radiator became wider and squatter. Inside, the Crewe firm’s exemplary standards of equipment and finish were maintained, the most noticeable change being the adoption of separate rear seats and the reinstatement of folding picnic tables.
Supplied new via H R Owen on the 1st January 1989 and formerly registered ‘MRD 2’, this Silver Spirit has had one owner from new, and comes complete with main dealer Rolls Royce service history from new. Last serviced at H R Owen some 8,000 miles ago, this unique one owner car is offered with current MoT until November 2013.Finished in dark blue metallic with complementary beige leather interior, the car is offered in excellent general condition.