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Lot 402: Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit II Saloon

Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (19 June 2010)

Based on the Silver Shadow II, the Silver Spirit and its long-wheelbase counterpart, the Silver Spur, were announced in the autumn of 1980. Rolls-Royce's familiar and dependable 6,750cc V8 power unit remained unchanged, but significant improvements were made to the newcomers' self-levelling rear suspension and 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. Launched in the autumn of 1989, by which time fuel injection had been adopted for all markets, the Silver Spirit II looked virtually identical to its immediate predecessor (15-spoke alloy wheels excepted) but featured a number of detail alterations to the dashboard, centre console and controls as well as the more significant incorporation of Rolls-Royce's own adaptive suspension damping system. Costing over �119,000 new, this well maintained example was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Harrogate Sale in November 2008 (Lot 662A) and is offered with full service history comprising the stamped service booklet and various related invoices. Work carried out while in the current vendor's care has included a complete service (oils/filters/seals/belts changed), replacement of the water pump and fitting a new tyre to the spare wheel. Fewer than 3,000 miles have been added to the 84,000 recorded at time of purchase in 2008 and the car is described as a reliable starter, mechanically sound and driving well. Offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document, 'G500 UDH' represents an opportunity to acquire a well cared-for Silver Spirit II at a mere fraction of its original cost

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number402
Estimate£8000-£10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£10925
Year1990
Condition rating2
Registration numberG500 UDH
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCAZS00A2LCH32752
Engine number719652410I/NEL
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors