Lot 684: 1993 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur II Touring Limousine
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd
Typically Rolls-Royce in so far as it represented evolution rather than revolution, the Silver Spirit and long-wheelbase Silver Spur were based on the preceding Silver Shadow II, to which they bore a distinct family resemblance, and were introduced in 1980. By now all cars, regardless of final destination, came with a Bosch fuel-injected V8 engine in three-way catalysed ‘California’ specification capable of meeting all current emissions targets. The long-wheelbase Silver Spur turned out to be a major success for Rolls-Royce, and by 1985 accounted for almost the same number of sales as the shorter Silver Spirit despite being around 20% more expensive.
The Spirit/Spur had gained anti-lock brakes as standard equipment by the time the further-improved Series II arrived in 1990, the principal other advance being electronically controlled adaptive suspension damping. 24” longer than the standard saloon, Rolls-Royce’s Touring Limousine was introduced on the Silver Spur II platform and continued on the Silver Spur III when this model was launched in 1993. A mere 91 of these elegant automobiles were produced by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd - Rolls-Royce’s specialist coachbuilding division - between 1991 and 1994.
The vendor advises us that this left-hand drive Silver Spur II was converted to Touring Limousine specification at the factory, incorporating compartmental division, occasional rear seats, cocktail bar, refrigerator, television and video system. ‘Registered/used overseas’ according to the accompanying Swansea V5C registration document, which records two previous owners, the car was first registered in the UK on 4th June 1993. The car was serviced that same year at 2,368 kilometres by Hadley Green Garage, of Barnet, Hertfordshire, who continued to maintain the vehicle until 2001, by which time it had recorded 56,212 kilometres. The current owner acquired the car, previously registered ‘NCN 7’, in December 2002. Dated 17th January 2007, the most recent invoice on file is for replacement of the shock absorbers/springs and repairs to the sills and rear brakes, this work being undertaken by Autobase, of Eccles, Manchester at a cost of £1,942.
Offering the ultimate in privacy and comfort for two passengers in the rear compartment, the car is offered with service booklet, current road fund licence, MoT to 15th January 2008 and Swansea V5C registration document.
Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles|
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Registration number||K748 FYH|
|Engine capacity (cc)|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors|