The Silver Spirit III and Silver Spur III, introduced in 1993, introduced improvements to the engine and some cosmetic updates. A new design of intake manifold and cylinder heads increased the power output, although it was still stated simply as “adequate” in company literature. Dual airbags were introduced, and independent adjustment of the rear seats.
The parameters of the active suspension system were also modified so that the shock absorbers would default into “soft” ride mode when they wore out (in the previous Mark II, the shock absorbers defaulted into “hard” ride mode when they wore out, noticeably impacting ride quality). For the 1996 model year the numeric portion of the model name was dropped since the designation IV is unacceptable in certain Far-Eastern markets.
These cars had wraparound bumpers front and rear extending into the wheel arches, to make the models appear more modern. The tops of these bumpers were placed above the level of the earlier cars, thus reducing the height of the radiator. To maintain the balance, the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot’s height was reduced by 20%. There are more stylish alloy wheels. The external rear view mirrors were moved from the door to the quarter-light (which was deleted). There was a change in the centre console, which extended back to the armrest between the front seats. The gearing of these cars was raised to 40mph/1000rpm with no change to the Turbo R’s gearing.
This fabulous 1996 example is finished in a supremely stylish combination of Navy blue metallic with a Magnolia interior featuring navy piping. The Rolls Royce has covered a mere 40,000 miles from new, and as you can imagine presents extremely well.
These later Rolls Royce’s are a particular favourite of Coys, featuring exquisite finish and detailing with modern performance and reliability, whilst offering the looks and sense of style that only the best of this marque can offer. A fabulous motor car and exceptional value for the connoisseur.