After fifteen years in production, Rolls-Royce replaced the venerable Silver Shadow/Shadow II series with the new Silver Spirit of 1980. While the Spirit retained the 6.75-liter V8 engine and Citroen-derived hydraulic ride control and high-pressure braking systems of the Shadow, it was a completely redesigned car meant to carry Rolls-Royce into a new era with increased attention paid to safety and emissions. The exterior styling was lower, wider, and longer than before, yet with the same understated elegance that made it undeniably a Crewe product. As with the Silver Shadow and its Wraith II counterpart before it, the extended wheelbase version was sold as a separate model known as the Silver Spur. The factory produced a handful of highly exclusive stretch-wheelbase touring limousines, and there were also a handful of cars fettled for private clients by Park Ward and Hooper, while several other firms converted standard cars into limousines, convertibles, and more.
The 1987 Silver Spur offered here is understood to have been converted from a standard car to its current open and stretched configuration early in its life. The work was possibly done by a coachbuilder in Italy, perhaps Autoconstruzione S.D. Torino, who performed similar conversions on various Bentley Mulsanne S, along with some other outrageous glam-era custom work. Per the factory build records supplied by the Rolls-Royce Foundation, this car was originally finished in Acrylic white over blue hides and was sold new in South Florida. It spent its early years in the Miami area, where a bright white, stretched, convertible Rolls-Royce limousine surely attracted the attention its owner desired! Dealer service records are included, though they do not indicate precisely when the conversion took place. About 25 years ago, it came into the care of the most recent owner, who was an active Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club member and a regular participant in club events, tours, and shows. That owner took obsessive care of the car, as evident by the substantial stack of service records and correspondence. In his ownership, it was repainted in a more understated and attractive shade of medium metallic blue, which better suits the car’s character and gives it a more timeless appeal.
After years of occasional use, this Spur remains in excellent condition overall. The paintwork has a few superficial imperfections; however, it is generally in very good order with an attractive, consistent finish. Exterior trim is in similarly good form, with brightly polished alloy and chrome, and of course, the iconic radiator grille topped with the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. The vinyl-covered convertible top is made up of two sections, each independent of the other. It can be configured fully enclosed, as a landaulet, a town car, or full open-topped convertible.
The interior trim is in fine fettle as well, displaying some light patina from use, particularly in the driver’s seat. Lovely dark blue Connolly hides are piped in white, with indigo blue Wilton carpets to match. The extensive woodwork is all in good condition, displaying a pleasing and consistent finish all around. The upholstery in the rear is excellent, appearing well maintained with an appropriate amount of light creasing in the seating surfaces. Carpets, factory door panels, and other leather-trimmed areas are all excellent. From behind the wheel, the equipment and instrumentation are all fairly standard issue and familiar to anyone who knows the Spur/Spirit series. The real transformation took place behind the front seats – with the addition of a powered divider window and integrated, custom-made cabinetry. The rear cabinets house everything that the Jet-Setting 80’s Man or Woman needs, including an entertainment system with TV and VCR, the latest in Sony mobile hi-fi, separate HVAC controls, and naturally, a wet bar with crystal decanters and whisky tumblers. Wall Street Journal sold separately.
Thanks to the attentive and enthusiastic previous owners, this Spur is in sound mechanical condition today. Extensive service records go back to when the car was nearly new and indicate the previous caretaker spared little expense in keeping his cherished Rolls-Royce in top working order. The overall presentation under the bonnet is tidy, honest, and indicative of a well-maintained example. Accompanying the sale are the books, service records, accessory manuals, and factory build sheets.
With the ever-increasing interest in the heady and glamorous side of the 1980s, this unique Rolls-Royce is sure to grab the attention of anyone it glides past.
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