Lot 411: Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit II Saloon
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 Silver Spirit II was sold new via H R Owen to one Alfred Vickers of Hyde Park, London. The current owner purchased the Rolls-Royce in December 2004 via marque specialists DEW of Eynsham, Oxfordshire. Maintained by Hoopers of Kilburn and Silver Lady Services of Bournemouth, the car comes with full service history and was last serviced by DEW in June 2013. Described as in generally very good condition and driven to the sale, the car comes with its original handbook, warranty and service booklet, the aforementioned service history, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2014 and Swansea V5 registration document. An opportunity to acquire a well cared-for Silver Spirit II at a mere fraction of its original cost.
The Beaulieu Sale|
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£4600|
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