1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Sedan
"If there is one company that epitomises Britain, and British industry, it is Rolls-Royce. There can be no name more revered or better known throughout the world. So the launch of a new Rolls-Royce is an event of great interest to the world at large; the launch of the Silver Spirit is of even greater interest to Rolls-Royce themselves, for it replaces the Silver Shadow which has hitherto accounted for the vast majority of Rolls-Royce sales. The Silver Spirit (and its variants, the long-wheelbase Silver Spur and Bentley Mulsanne) is as important to Rolls-Royce's future as has been any Rolls-Royce car of the past." - Motor magazine, October 4th 1980.
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. The Shadow's floorpan was retained and power-train differences were minimal, the newcomers' chief advance over their immediate forebear being the heavily revised and improved type of rear suspension that had first appeared on the company's two-door models. 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 re-instatement of folding picnic tables.
Bearing California licence plate 'RoseRR1', this left-hand drive long-wheelbase Silver Spur Sedan is finished in Royal Blue with blue-piped beige leather upholstery and we are informed is presented in excellent cosmetic condition.